11.3 The mid Century’s Bowler

bowlerIn the mid 1800’s, hats take on a primary role. Men and women are not seen without a hat when in public.

The top hat adopted a vintage touch and was limited to gallant, mundane and official occasions, while the Bowler from England began to progress.

It was a stiff hat that, in a certain way, could consider itself a smaller version of the top hat.

Devised by a London hatter named Bowler, the hat adopted its name and was inaugurated by William Coke in 1850 with a horse ride through the park.

With a round crown and curled brim, it was initially black in colour but later developed in shades of grey and brown.

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