This black bowler hat, sometimes referred to as a derby hat, is made of felt and has a black grosgrain ribbon around the base of the crown. There is also black grosgrain ribbon around the edges of the brim. It has a brown leather sweatband with a stamp from Wormser on it and the same stamp can be seen on the interior crown. The hat also has a union label from the United Hatters of North America under the sweatband.
The bowler hat was created by London hatmakers Thomas and William Bowlers in 1849. It was designed to protect horseback riders from low hanging tree branches and quickly became an iconic piece of men's clothing.
circa 1935 – 1955
Felt, Grosgrain Ribbon, Leather
5"" h 10"" w 12"" d
Current Location Status:
Museum School Program
Gift Of Mr. F. H. Roersma
(creator) Mr. F. H. Roersma
(donor) United Hatters of North America
(is related to)
Alternate names: Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Cloth Hat, Cap, and Millinery Workers International Union, Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees, United Hatters, Cap, and Millinery Worker International UnionThe United Hatters of North America, also known as UHNA, was a millinery labor union. It was founded in 1896 and merged with the Cloth Hat, Cap, and Millinery Workers International Union in 1934 to form the United Hatters, Cap, and Millinery Worker International Union. It later merged to form the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union in 1983. It merged again in 1995 to form the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees.