The Bowler or Derby Hat

Discussion in 'Hats' started by carter, Oct 3, 2008.

  1. Zoukatron

    Zoukatron One of the Regulars

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    I see plenty of bowlers in London these days. Sadly, they are normally in the heads of people working for the local authorities to advise tourists and the like in the centre or on the heads of upmarket hotel doormen.
     
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  2. Steinbockhase

    Steinbockhase A-List Customer

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    Since Bowlers represent British lifestyle and tradition, it's no wonder they are used to promote British tourism.
     
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  3. GLewis

    GLewis New in Town

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    I’ve said this before, but I believe there should be a law that all Englishmen should wear a bowler and carry an umbrella. That’s just my opinion, and I could be wrong!
     
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  4. Steve1857

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    I'll second that, just as long as we're allowed to wear other hats every so often [​IMG][​IMG]

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  5. steur

    steur I'll Lock Up

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    Excellent hat and wonderful look all over, Steve (very nice versatile pocket square there). Lots of nice bowlers to be found out there and you wear them well.
     
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  6. Steve1857

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    Thank you, Stefan. I'm honoured on all counts. I appreciate your praise.

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  7. Steve1857

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    My recent purchase of a Belgian Bowler lead me to think of the Belgian artist René Magritte and his ubiquitous use of the image of the Bowler in his works.

    I read this interesting article, which I thought might be of interest to some of you. Funny to think, just a few decades ago, you were "invisible" in a Bowler, but if you wear one now, you stand out. How times and fashion change.

    Copy then paste the link below in your browser. It should work.

    https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-magritte-fascinated-bowler-hats


    Happy reading [​IMG]

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  8. alanfgag

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    By quick count, 22 bowlers, 18 boaters, 14 caps, 5 fedoras, 0 women.
     
  9. stetsonofagun

    stetsonofagun One of the Regulars

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    What size is this one? It's great.

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  10. deadlyhandsome

    deadlyhandsome I'll Lock Up

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    It’s a 6 7/8. Rare to find these hats in size he larger sizes.


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  11. stetsonofagun

    stetsonofagun One of the Regulars

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    It is. I have several 7 1/8 to 7 1/2 to sell.[​IMG]

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  12. Rmccamey

    Rmccamey One Too Many

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    Interesting history and observations Steve. I think people who look best in Bowlers and Homburgs, yourself included, take charge of their look and "wear the hat", so to speak. There is a certain amount of quiet assertiveness and command that goes with the hat and the best wearers seem to be very comfortable with themselves regardless of the situation.

     
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  13. deadlyhandsome

    deadlyhandsome I'll Lock Up

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    Nice! But do you have any in larger sizes? Any 7 3/4 or at least 7 5/8 long ovals?
     
  14. Steve1857

    Steve1857 Call Me a Cab

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    Thanks, Randy. You are so right. It's a question of riding that bronco and making it your own.

    If you like and want the hat, wear it, own it, and make it yours.

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  15. stetsonofagun

    stetsonofagun One of the Regulars

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    The largest I have, currently, is a Knox 7 1/2.

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  16. steur

    steur I'll Lock Up

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    There's a whole book on the subject of bowler hats in art by Fred Miller Robinson: the man in the bowler hat. Not the best read and more focused on art than on hats but still...
    Love the work of Magritte.
     
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  17. Steve1857

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    Me too, Stefan.

    Thanks for the reference. I'll check that book out.[​IMG]

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  18. Cornshucker77

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    Looking good Steve. Always dapper. :)
     
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  19. Steve1857

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    Thank you, my friend

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  20. Steve1857

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    Another Bowler to the collection and another Manchester hat, too.

    I believe this one to be inter-war years: closer to WWI than WWII in my opinion, so late teens or early to mid twenties.

    I don't believe Hartley & Boedeker survived after WWII, so I'm very pleased with this find.

    It's quite a high crown at just over 13,3cm (a bit over 5 inches), which makes it the tallest Bowler I own.

    It's in need of a bit of a clean. Any suggestions would be gratefully appreciated.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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