History of the Bowler/Derby Hat
The bowler hat is a rigid hat of felt with a low, round crown. It was known by several names, derby, coke (pronounced cook) hat, billycock, billy coke and bombin. It was designed in 1849 and made for the British politician and soldier Edward Coke, the 2nd Earl of Leicester's younger brother. During Queen Victoria's reign. The bowler was popular with the working class. However, in time it became the bankers working uniform and eventually even the Queen's Guards wore it as work dress.
Bowler Hat circa 1900
At one time if you wore a bowler in England you were recognized as a banker or civil servant. It was made by the hatters Thomas and William Bowler for Lock & Co., a firm of retail hatters in St. James. They had been asked by a customer to design a hat that had a low crown and fit closely on the head. This was to protect the heads of his gameskeepers from tree branches as they rode on horseback. A gameskeeper's previous head-wear was a top hat--easily bumped off and ruined. Locke & Co. asked the Bowler's to make a hat that would fix the dilemma.
This woman’s Bowler/Derby hat is made from finest Merino Wool. It feels so soft yet so sturdy and snug, It will also take the shape of your head and create your individual shape.This comes in wearings.
The Velvet quilting is complementing to your hat and gives it a touch of a Bohemian feel which is very flattering and Shabby Chic.
All Calamity Cottage Hats are one of a kind and are Handmade with Passion also enhanced with touches of Art and the Finest Finishes which are silks Glass beads, feathers and ect.
There is a technology of methods that I use from extensive education and experience that gives durability, stability which stays in place, elasticity and lightness which is comfortable to wear.
Calamity Cottage Hats are easy to wear in weather from 15 degrees to 75 degrees. They are so light which is Comfortable to wear at anytime of the day or occasion.
This Bowler is a size med 22” to 23”.
You can shape your hat many ways to change the appearance of your hat or mood depending on occasion or place. The photos are showing you some ways and you will discover what looks best on you for your individual look.
This BlackBowler/Derby Hat can also be worn with your favorite jeans which gives a bohemian shabby chic appearance. Wear it with a t-shirt and dress it down .This is an accessory that rocks.
Or perhaps dress it up…
Measuring your head:
Place a measuring tape on your forehead just above eyebrow level and pass it around your head, ensuring that the widest part of the head is included. Common sizes for women are about 21 1/2"/56 cm -23"/59.6 cm. Men are about 22"-24". It should be a snug measurement, I will add 1/2"/1.3cm for ease.
Also as an added plus Calamity Cottage also offers a free maintenance service after a year (washing and reshaping) shipping charges are not included.
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