Historic and Vintage Collection:

The Historic collection specialises in hats and bonnets for both re-enactors and for those interested in vintage styles.  The gallery below gives an indication of the types of hats we are able to make, but if you have something else in mind, then just ask and we should be able to put together what you want.  We supply bonnets and caps to museums such as the ss Great Britain and have provided hats for some TV productions.  We also provide historic military replicas for discerning re-enactors and exhibit at re-enactment markets. 

1930s:

Vera

 

Vera is a classic 1930s design which would look perfect with that two-piece suit.  Made of beige felt with an hand-crafted pleat to the crown.

 

Finished in petersham ribbon to both the edge of the brim and the crown.  Perfect simplicity..

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1940s:

Tilt Topper

 

Created in coloured felt with a petersham band. The crown has a gentle slope to the front and it is held on the head by a comb placed in the back (a small elastic to grip around the back of the head can be added on request).

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Again, this can be created in a range of colours and other decoration added as desired.

 

Virginia will normally cost around £60

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1950s:

 Pillbox

 

A very versatile little hat.  Can be worn as casual or formal wear.

 

Available in other colours and in ivory, is an option for the bride.

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The cost of Charlotte is from £60, but is dependent on decoration. 

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Cherry button

 

A classic 1950s style button hat with two red cherries.  This button can be made in a range of colours and with variations in decoration.  Some examples are given here.

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Cherry starts from £60

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1960s:

Boater

 

A midi style boater which perches on the top of your head.  In a 1940s style , just enough to keep the sun off your eyes and look stylish at the same time.

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The boater is created in cream sinamay with a ribbon colour of your choice and costs £60.

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Edwardian:

Dorothy

 

A copy of a 1920s hat created in blue silk with an ivoy silk fan decorating the top.  The crown is a bag, so very reminiscent of the titanic era.

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Dorothy is a bit of a one-off, but demonstrates the different styles that can be created with a bit of imagination.  The cost of Dorothy would depend on the materials used and the decoration, but should start at around £160.00

Ivy

 

Ivy is styled after an Edwardian hat and is created in green felt with a hand-shaped brim culminating in a fold over the right ear.  The brim is edged in petersham ribbon and the decoration is a half-cockade in green and beige petersham.

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Ivy costs from £120

 

Again, this can be made in a variety of colours to suit that special outfit.

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Hannah

 

Edwardian lines are very clear in this design.  Made in good quality felt which has been hand moulded at the crown.   

 

A large feather arrangement at the forehead and a black felt bow decorated in black pearls completes this stunning hat.

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Hannah starts from £120 and can be made in a colour of your choice.

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WAAC

 

First World War Women's Army Auxilliary Corps replica hat, used from 1915 to 1917.  Created in brown felt with a Petersham brown band .

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The hat would be made to measure and is priced at £60

First Aid Nursing Yeomanry

 

The stylised beret of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry.  Made in khaki barathea with a large headband, as in the original.  There were two versions of this beret, one with a single headband and one with a doubled over headband - we can make either.

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This beret is POA as the source of the material for the hat can be variable.

British Royal Navy Despatch Rider WW2


This was a special request from a customer.  If you have a period hat you wish to replicate, just get in touoch.  We do our best to recreate period hats as closely as possible to the original.

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Late Victorian:

Other Victorian Shapes are available:

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1860s Spoon Bonnet

 

The spoon bonnet was very popular during the 1860s and is easily identifiable by the peaked brim which was decorated with artificial flowers. 

 

This version is covered in burgundy velvet and decorated with petersham ribbon in pink, with a pink ostrich feather and artificial white roses.

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The spoon bonnet starts from £160.00

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Mid Victorian:

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1850s Bonnet

 

A typical bonnet from the mid-19th century with its round brim shape and decorated inside with artificial flowers each side of the face.  This example is made of lilac silk with a pleated white silk interior and green silk ribbon. 

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The 1850s bonnet starts from around £160.00

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Mourning


This 1850s Mourning bonnet was a common sight.  Full mourning in black was expected for a close relative, there being  strict social rules for everyone to follow on the death of a relative.  This version is in black satin with ruffle decoration and sporting a mourning veil if required.

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The mourning bonnet and veil starts at around £160, dependent upon decoration.

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Bonnets for Museums


We offer a service for museums wishing to offer authentic costume opportunities for their visitors.  The Victorian Bonnets shown have been used by the ss Great Britain in their 'Flash Bang Wallop' exhibition during 2016.

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We offer a special price for museums wishing to take advantage of this service.


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1840s Poke Bonnet

 

The poke bonnet was a favourite during both early and later partrs of the 19th century nd at times almost completely covered the face of the wearer.  frnech ladies wearing poke bonnets were called the 'invisibles' because the cone shape shielded their faces so well, you could not see them!

 

This version is made in blue silk with a white silk lining and is decorated with a pleated band and white artificial flowers.

 

 

The Poke Bonnet can also vary in price dependent upon decoration.  As shown this bonnet would retail at £120.00

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Regency:

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1815 Tree Bonnet


This is a copy of an 1815 tree bonnet with a stiffened buckram brim added to a felted crown.  It is decoraded with petershm ribbon over the crwn and tip, around the base of the crown and tying under the chin.  It has a lace brim adge and a cockade decorating the side.

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Bonnets can vary in price due to decoration, but as shown would retail at £160.00

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