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A coordinate place for the admiration of that peak habiliment, the indispensable hat. Here all corresponding proclamations of particular hats that one admires or has acquired may be displayed and discussed.

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A certain top item within a respective haberdashery or wardrobe alternately reviewed.

Being an ongoing diverse consideration of the variant headwear chosen or desired as a coordinate crown for sundry ensembles, promoting the adage that one can never have too many hats. Although proposed and originally illustrated of head coverings under an odd gentleman, the ladies are equally welcome herein to share their designs or aspired millinery considerations within.


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Time To Top Up...Sharing Links To Women, Men, and Children Victorian, and Steam-punk Toppers...

Started by mlle.deedee Bourget-gauzot. Last reply by mlle.deedee Bourget-gauzot May 18, 2012. 12 Replies

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Tags: straw, topper, victorian, ​curiositesesthetiques..., steam-punk

Period Hats...

Started by Raydeen Graffam Jan 4, 2012. 0 Replies

I have a few entries on my blog with period hats...and I'm wondering if anyone here is interested... 1864 BonnetContinue

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Comment by Professor Argon Bats on January 12, 2015 at 12:33pm

Why thank you, Professor.

Comment by Prof. Sebastian Fate on January 12, 2015 at 12:55am

Elegance personified , as usual , Professor Argon Bats .

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on January 11, 2015 at 7:03pm

And more flowerpot hats! Seems this somewhat ridiculous style has grown on me.

This one is hand blocked and hand shaped velour fur felt, with wired edge. It proved nice and warm for my winter 1887-1888 outfit (although of course it does not keep the ears warm... see the bright pink colour, ha!).

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Comment by Professor Argon Bats on October 1, 2013 at 3:27pm

Thank you Phineas. I still find waistcoats to be tricky little beasts!

Comment by Phineas Wotan Sprockett, O.C.C. on October 1, 2013 at 1:51pm


    Great job on the hat!    I am still struggling with the regency waistcoat but I think I've finally figured it out.   (There was some information written on the pattern itself which was extremely crucial!  


Comment by Professor Argon Bats on October 1, 2013 at 8:27am

Thank you, Professor.

Comment by Prof. Sebastian Fate on September 30, 2013 at 9:25pm

Well done !

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on September 30, 2013 at 9:19pm

Latest hat creation: a "flower pot" style hat for a  mid to late 1880's ensemble. I modified the Truly Victorian pattern to make an asymmetrical brim for a more dynamic and interesting look. It is a classic buckram and wire construction, mulled in cotton flannel, and covered in black moiré cotton/rayon and pale green silk chiffon. Lined in black silk. The ribbon is antique and has the most wonderful detailing, a black on black woven mini checker pattern at the edges.

A major inspiration was this fur felt beauty from ca. 1885, by Mme Mantel:

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on August 8, 2013 at 8:18am

What a find, and in your size too!


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