The Charms Of A Bowler Hat

I limit myself to buying only one piece of head gear a year. I already have a lovely wool cap for New Year hence I will have to ring in 2014 before I can make a purchase of a charming bowler hat. Thankfully, I can join that quirky cool fun through River Island. I bought this pair of dangling earrings yesterday (for $1.75) and my mind is running havoc of all ways I can wear it haha.

The bowler hat, also known as a coke or derby hat in the United States, is a hard felt hat with a rounded crown originally created in 1849 for the British soldier and politician Edward Coke. The bowler hat was popular with the working class during the Victorian era, and later on with bankers working in the City of London.Later in the United Kingdom, it would come to be worn as work dress by the officers of the Queen’s Guards.

The bowler 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 the hat because it would not blow off easily in strong wind, or when sticking one’s head out the window of a speeding train. It was worn by both lawmen and outlaws, including Bat Masterson, Butch Cassidy, Black Bart, and Billy the Kid.

Famous Bowler hat icons:

  • A bowler hat is the logo of British bank Bradford & Bingley.
  • In the James Bond film Goldfinger, the evil henchman Oddjob threw an iconic, razor-edged bowler as a weapon.
  • Thomson and Thompson, identical twin detectives from Herge’s The Adventures of Tintin, are recognisable for their bowler hats and walking sticks
  • The villains in the steampunk anime Steamboy wear bowler hats; as well as one of Batman’s best known villains, The Riddler.
  • In Stanley Kubrick’s film A Clockwork Orange the lead character Alex DeLarge wears a bowler hat
  • Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were well-known for their bowler hats, as was Lou Costello.
  • During the Silent Film Era, Charlie Chaplin’s character “The Tramp” almost always wore a bowler.
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