What About the Smoking CAP?

Discussion in 'Hats' started by scotrace, Nov 11, 2007.

  1. scotrace

    scotrace Head Bartender Staff Member

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    A couple of these (in different styles) have popped up recently. I was very tempted to go for this one. Never saw one outside a photo or painting before. Victorian Smoking Cap.

    "I'll be at my club..."

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  2. Feraud

    Feraud Bartender

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    Very interesting. It did not sell for a very high price.
    I am in discussion with the boss (wife) to crochet one for me. She told me to take a flying leap..[huh]
     
  3. Vintage Betty

    Vintage Betty My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    I own one, but never did anything with it, so I tried to sell it.
    It never sold on ebay, so I still have it. I'll post pics when I have time.

    Vintage Betty
     
  4. jake_fink

    jake_fink Call Me a Cab

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    "Discussion," eh? lol
     
  5. Fletch

    Fletch I'll Lock Up

    She just doesn't want you hanging around with hookahs. lol
     
  6. Rick Blaine

    Rick Blaine My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Lock & Co. still offer one:

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    All of these are quite "Fez" looking. The fashion must be another manifestation of the fascination for all things "Oriental" when the "Heathen" Turks were the ally of the West in that period following the Crimean War. This is the also the period when Turkish tobacco first became widely available, so it would make sense, in a way.

    ...depending on just what you are smoking, however, this may be more appropriate headwear. ;)


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  7. J.T.Marcus

    J.T.Marcus Call Me a Cab

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    Years ago, somebody told me, "If your feet are cold, put on a hat." (IT WORKS!) I suspect the smoking hat (or cap) was intended to provide such a garment, which could be worn , indoors without anybody complaining or feeling like they were breaking the rules. Most of the pictures I remember are obviously set in the dead of winter, not in hot weather. For marketing, the "smoking" designation had more pinache than "keep your feet warm" hat. :D
     
  8. AlanC

    AlanC My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Surely the sort of thing Mycroft Holmes wore in the Diogenes Club.
     
  9. Miss Neecerie

    Miss Neecerie I'll Lock Up

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    smoking caps have less to do with being cold indoors and more to do with keeping ones hair from smelling like smoke. Same thing with Smoking jackets...they came into vogue during times when standards were different.

    If you only bathe once a week or so....then its quite practical to wear things -just- for smoking that help you not smell like an ashtray the rest of the time.
     
  10. vonwotan

    vonwotan Practically Family

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    Turnbull & Asser still order a large assortment of smoking caps to go with their smoking jackets. Once in a while some true Edwardian smoking caps come up for sale. Very tempting...
     
  11. Dr. Shocker

    Dr. Shocker One of the Regulars

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    I am sure if you asked the guys at Fez-O-Rama they would make one for you at a price of course
     
  12. Shaul-Ike Cohen

    Shaul-Ike Cohen One Too Many

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    Two additional factors: oils and the like, which were more commonly applied to a man's hair, probably helped keeping the unwanted smell, and indoor headcoverings were more common until the 19th c anyway. (One reason for this in turn might be less heating.)
     
  13. cookie

    cookie I'll Lock Up

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    Wonderful Ornate Victorian Smoking Cap

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  14. Doh!

    Doh! One Too Many

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    I have two of their off-the-rack fezzes (fezi?) and can't recommend them highly enough for comfort.

    And coolness factor.
     
  15. J.B.

    J.B. Practically Family

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    :eusa_doh: :D
     
  16. Maj.Nick Danger

    Maj.Nick Danger I'll Lock Up

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    I am so glad I no longer smoke and therefore do not need all that extra equipment. :D
     
  17. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    As Miss Neecerie has pointed out, thesmoking hat had purposes other than heat retention. However... it does make sense that putting on a hat would heat up the feet in a roundabout manner. 90% of heat loss in the human body is through the top of the head, so I gather. As the body loses heat, remaining body heat is concentrated in the torso, to protect the vital organs, hence the feeling of cold in the extremities. Donning a hat should keep more of the heat in, thus requiring less concentration of heat to the torso, thus making the extremities - including feet - feel warmer.

    I did science until 16, me. :p
     
  18. Bebop

    Bebop Practically Family

    I never knew that smoking caps existed. I have always wanted a fez. Now I can add a smoking cap to the list. I wear some kind of headwear indoors when it's really cold and it does keep me warm but my feet stay cold if I am inactive too long (which unfortunatly is never long enough).
     
  19. johnnycanuck

    johnnycanuck Call Me a Cab

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    Great Fez!

    GREAT SCOTT! A Fez! Good grief! Now I have another silly hat to buy and add to my collection. Now where does one buy a really nice Fez (assuming Nice and Fez can go in the same sentence together) It cant be made of wool or I will break into a rash. Any help/recommendations/reviews?
    Johnny
     
  20. fatwoul

    fatwoul Practically Family

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    My sister does crochet. She has just started selling stuff for other people. I discussed with her the possibility of crocheting a hat liner for me.

    She did a very nice tie for me with crochet, too.

    Incidentally, johnnycanuck, I have a fez. What was good enough for Tommy Cooper is good enough for me. lol
     

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