Early America

The Longhunter

$200.00 | Coffee Color Shown

English Style

$200.00 | Pecan Color Shown
$25.00 | Hand Sewn Brim Ribbon

French Style

$200.00 | Black Color Shown
The Quakers preferred to leave the brims of their hats flaring out in order to shade the man and show the inner light.

Carriage Hat

$200.00 | Black Color Shown
The carriage hat was popular from the 1780's to the 1820's. It can also be made with a flatter brim and slightly taller crown.

Low Crown

$195.00 | Coffee Color Shown
This is the working man’s hat of the 19th century and was as common then as ball caps are today. Please specify with or without ribbon on the brim.

Our prices vary based on the crown height and brim width.

A Little About The Tricorn..

The term tricorn actually came into use after these hats were quite out of fashion. During the time tricorns were in widespread use, they were referred to as cocked hats because they were cocked up in order to show off the wig. From about 1680, the cocked hat was supreme for just over one hundred years.

Showing off and protecting the powdered curls of ruffled and bewigged gents, the cocked hat later became symbolic of American patriots when worn wigless in the colonies. You’ll like our high brimmed tricorns! Each of these hats has the sides hooked up just like the originals so the sides can be pulled down for protection and then hooked up again.

The French Style is available with white or buff ribbon at no extra charge and we do carry a limited supply of cockades. American military officers during the revolution tended to wear the French Style while many American citizen soldiers wore the English Style.

For those who desire all aspects of correctness, Clearwater Hat Company offers hand sewing of the brim ribbon (after all the sewing machine wasn’t in general use until the 1850’s). This extra is well worth your consideration as the tiny hand stitches give this hat an incredible signature of individuality.

History on The Longhunter Hat

Styled in the classic tradition of the early American woodsrunner, Clearwater Hats proudly offers The Longhunter. The crown of The Longhunter is extremely low (about 3 1/2 inches)–as these hats were in the eighteenth century–with a four-inch wide brim. This is the hat seen in many paintings of the period. The Longhunter offers a period-correct alternative to the tricorn. Responding to the needs of those who go the extra primitive mile, this style is a Clearwater Hat exclusive. The brim can be cocked to your specification, side or back, at no extra charge. Available in sizes up to 7 3/8 in black, coffee, and pecan.

Please Note: These hats are very hard to fit as a result of the extreme low crown. Please be certain that the distance from the top of your ears to the top of your head is no more than about 3 1/2 inches as the hat will not fit correctly otherwise. There is a $20.00 restocking fee for returning this hat after purchase.