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This item sold on August 14, 2012.

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This bowler hat goes above and beyond the call of duty. Why? Because it has a bow tie.

Not too boxy, not too round, this vintage darling makes any outfit look instantly put together, which is essentially what you want a hat to do! You can dress it up or dress it down and you'll look that much sharper...with one single accessory. If you're anything like me and you hate having to put on multiple accessories to get things to come together, here's your golden ticket.


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No visible tag.
Measures 22 inches inside rim circumference.
Condition: vintage condition, seems very very good.
Materials: appear to be felt, wool, and ribbon, far as I can tell.

This hat's style and adorable detailing are timeless.


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Here's a brief history of this incredible hat:

The Bowler Hat— not the cowboy or sombrero — was the most popular hat in the American West, prompting Lucius Beebe to call it "the hat that won the West." Both cowboys and railroad workers preferred it because it wouldn't blow off easily in strong wind, or when sticking one's head out the window of a speeding locomotive. Worn by both lawmen and outlaws, including Bat Masterson, Butch Cassidy and Billy the Kid the Bowler was devised in 1849 by the London hat makers Thomas and William Bowler. It was created to fulfill an order placed by the Hatters firm Lock & Co. of St James's . Lock & Co. had been commissioned to design a close-fitting, low-crowned hat to protect gamekeepers' heads from low-hanging branches while on horseback. Previously keepers had worn top hats, which were easily knocked off and damaged. The Bowler Brothers were commissioned to solve the problem. While most accounts state the original customer to be William Coke, a nephew of the 1st Earl of Leicester, recent research has cast doubt, and it is now believed to be Edward Coke, the younger brother of the 2nd Earl of Leicester to place the order.

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