The Victorian Hat Catalog
Clearwater Hat Company
The world's largest selection of high-quality award-winning vintage reproduction victorian hats, old west hats, and civil war hats - both military and civilian!
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If the past speaks to you of a time when our young nation healed its wounds and realized a vision that crossed a continent, then you will love these gentlemanly hats dating from just after the Civil War to World War I.
Derby - $ 130 Coffee color shown
Courtesy the Clearwater Hat Collection
The Derby was introduced into America in 1860. After the Civil War it grew in popularity to the extent that by the 1870's virtually every man in America owned one or wished he did.
Bowler - $ 130 Black color shown
In the mid 1870's the height of the hat crowns began to rise. This taller-style derby was popular into the 1930's.
These two gentlemen and the family below were enjoying a vacation when these photos were taken at the turn of this century. Below that are two photos of brothers with bowlers.
All photos courtesy of the Clearwater Hat collection
Top Hat - $ 200 Black color shown (Larger size - add $ 10)
To this day the top hat is still a symbol of substance and character. In the Victorian era, it denoted the quality of the person and immediately made a statement about a person's background or aspirations. Many top hats of this period were made of brushed silk sewn over cardboard frame. Our hat is made of fur felt and is much more durable than the silk counterparts. The crown height is approximately five inches. Available in sizes from 6 7/8 to 7 5/8.
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