The Bowler or Derby Hat

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

  1. Slim Portly

    Slim Portly One Too Many

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    Indeed, I wear my derbies regularly, and I dare say that, in my humble opinion, I resemble neither a comedic actor not a butcher. I'm happy to let others make the final judgment.

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  2. Crane's

    Crane's Familiar Face

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    Slim, you look great. You're the business tycoon and I'm the carpenter. Stark contrasts yet the hat works for both of us just like it did at the turn of the century. So what's really changed when it comes down to it? I say nothing. The derby is the great American hat and will be for some time.
     
  3. Slim Portly

    Slim Portly One Too Many

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    Verily. I am always complimented on mine. And I'm pleased to say that I ordered another derby just yesterday. The derby is not a costume piece or an anachronism. It is a great hat to be worn with pride, and perhaps a bit of attitude.
     
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  4. just_me

    just_me Practically Family

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    Thanks for the welcome Jay. I started reading this board to find out more about some fedoras and newsboy caps my father gave me many years ago. Found the board so interesting I've stuck around.

    Just to keep this Derby related, I was in a tack store today and saw a derby on the rack. The outside looked like a derby, but the inside was harder. Closer to a helmet.
     
  5. carter

    carter I'll Lock Up

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    just_me, When we consider that the original purpose of the bowler was "... in order to protect the head from low tree branches for gamekeepers while they rode on horseback", the derby you saw in that tack shop may be closer in purpose to the original iterations than many that followed. The derby changed as the needs of the wearers changed. The form may have remained essentially the same but the function changed when the hat became more fashionable than utilitarian in use. A modern derby would not likely be referred to as an "iron hat" unless it was one like you saw in that tack shop.
     
  6. Levallois

    Levallois Practically Family

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    Slim,

    I love to wear my derby but I can't hold a candle to you when it comes to pure style.

    John
     
  7. GWD

    GWD One Too Many

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    Just arrived today

    The Stetson Standard Quality "Exclusive John Wanamaker " Bowler

    Based on the liner I'm guessing this hat was made in the 1930's, but it looks like it just came off the showroom floor.

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  8. Slim Portly

    Slim Portly One Too Many

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    Bravo, sir. That hat is exquisite.
     
  9. carter

    carter I'll Lock Up

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    WOW!

    GWD, That John Wannamaker by Stetson is beautiful! Looks like it just came out of the box. Any chance of seeing it in action?

    Slim Portly, You have absolutely nailed the look. Are you certain that you are not an escapee from the Deadwood shooting lot?
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  10. indycop

    indycop I'll Lock Up

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    I agree you need a derringer and a sixgun with this look!:D
     
  11. carter

    carter I'll Lock Up

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    A few images from Deadwood

    Not exactly svelte but he's wearing a derby
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    A long way from Bladerunner
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    A daily derby afficinado
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    This guy's a ringer! He's not in the series.
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    It's the fella on the left.
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  12. indycop

    indycop I'll Lock Up

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    This is the way I like them worn.:)

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  13. carter

    carter I'll Lock Up

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    How the West was ...

    Two derbys and a nice selection of hats! You just gave me a great idea for Halloween and a photo op! :D
     
  14. indycop

    indycop I'll Lock Up

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    Why does this worry me?lol
     
  15. carter

    carter I'll Lock Up

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    I dunno. [huh] :)
     
  16. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    Thanks!
     
  17. Stetsonian

    Stetsonian New in Town

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    Nice GWD!

    That bowler looks beautiful and is super clean!.......
     
  18. indycop

    indycop I'll Lock Up

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    I bet Carter is the first one to look at this thinking it's Kiera!lol

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  19. Big Man

    Big Man My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Wrong. :mad:
     
  20. indycop

    indycop I'll Lock Up

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    lol lol Well you have it!
     

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