Sunday, 23 April 2017

Trapper Cap

This waxed cotton trapper hat is perfect for when I go hunting for lost socks

Fur lined it helps protect me from the dusty locations hidden socks lurk waiting to jump out at you.

Being black is also excellent camouflage for the dark corners of the sock draw.

You can also wear it with ear flaps down so you cannot be distracted by other noisy clothing.

You can even wear this cap outdoors in the cold and rain.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Tall Top Hat

This tall top hat gives you extra presence.

This is near enough for me a stove pipe style top hat, perhaps to be a perfect stove pipe it needs the side of cylindrical crown more parallel and the brim flatter, but height wise its got the credentials.

Just look at images of Isambard Kingdom Brunel or Abraham Lincoln to see the difference.

Stove Pipe a sub category of top hat, also know as chimney pot hat, a very Victorian hat. 

 Like all good Victorians I need to check my steampunk containment device is still containing the fresh air that was put in it and the clock is set half past 1833.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Putting on My Top Hat

This is typical average height black wool top hat is about the most common top hat you will find.

 On this hat the brim is turned up and the crown while still the top cylinder tapers out towards the top.

Top hat can be taller or lower than this, the cylindrical crown can taper in, be straight or in the case of mad hatter style top hats taper out even more, the brim can be flat or turned up, all these are variations are top hats, some have sub type names others are just a tall top hat or low height top hat.

The black felt top hat like this one has been around since about 1900 for funeral services and still in use today.

I consider a average height top hat to be between 12 and 13 cm high.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Chow's Hood

This hood and total costume ensemble comes from Chows Emporium one of my favourite traders

In the photo above I'm wearing the costume to play a alien warrior in sci-fi larp system.

The Hood is large and interestingly decorated made of artificial leather and fur, the style is pure fantasy.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Pork Pie

Modern Pork Pie hats are defined by their crown which resembles the top a pork pie. 

I call this a modern Pie hat since other styles in history have also used this name.

I associate this hat with Gene Hackman in the French Connection.

Modern pork pie hats can be made from felt, straw, tweed, leather or like this one a stiff hessian like material. They always have similar proportions to the one I'm wearing, i.e. a small brim which can be flat or curled and upright crown, with the pork pie top.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Smart Trilby

This smart grey trilby I purchased in a hat shop in Whitby.

What is the difference between a fedora & trilby, its dam confused out there even the experts contradict each other. 

From what I can see its basically comes down to the size of the brim, big brim (3" or more ) Fedora, small brim  (less than 3") Trilby, although you will find many hats that cross the 3" border both ways.

This hat has a gutter down the crown, a pinched front and kettle curl around the brim

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Renaissance Hat

This hat is sometimes called a Muffin hat or cap, its of the same family as a modern chef hats, a popular lower class Renaissance period hat (15th to 17th Century Europe)

Made from basic usually lightweight fabric with no natural stiffness, with a access fabric sewn to 20 to 50cm wide headband that fits tightly around the head.

A very simple and easy to produce hat, the headband can sometimes be decorated.

This hat has no stiffened brim unlike renaissance flat caps or cow pat hats

I grabbed this off my friend Dave just as he was about to trade it, the hat did not make it to the bring and buy. 

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

South American General

This hat made me think of some South American Military General, but it is probably nothing of the sort

Its some form of military field cap but from what army I can't say as it was found at second hand market

I've scrolled through hundreds of images of hats trying to pin it down, but when you don't know one military from another finding the correct place to look is hard.

The badge is red white red horizontal stripe which I thought might make it Austrian, but that does not appear to be the case.

The buttons at the front should undo to provide a way holding the cap on in windy weather, but in this case they seem to have a purely decorative function.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Well this happened

This theatre hat is more Arabian Princes than Prince

But you can just about get with it. 

A basic cardboard cylinder covered in fabric and then plastic decorations, it sets a scene well and could be made at home by anyone.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Pointy Bamboo Hat

This conical bamboo hat has a nice pointy shape.

Bamboo hats of this style are designed to protect the head and face of farm workers from the sun and rain.

Other English names for the conical hat include sedge hat, rice hat, paddy hat, bamboo hat, Raiden hat and sometimes coolie hat. 

But in Malay they are called the Terendak, In China Douli which translate to Bamboo Hat, in Japan Sugegasa, the Do'un in Cambodian and there are many more regional names

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Ballistic Helmet

Whilst this helmet was sourced from a army surplus store its not really a military helmet as far as I known, its some for reproduction tactical helmet probably used for airsoft or paintball or similar

Its does offer some protection though its not marked as being to any particular standard

Monday, 6 February 2017

Underwear for the Head

The Linen Coif is cap that was worn in the medieval period, simple piece of linen formed from a couple panels of fabric tied around the head.

About as basic a cap as you can get.

I also like to think of it as head underwear since it also protects a more expensive hat from coming into contact with your greasy, filthy, flea infested, medieval hair.

Coifs come in many forms, padded for wearing under helmets, chainmail coifs are a form of armour and coifs also became garment worn after the medieval period by nuns.