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European ➔ Hat, Tam O'shanter

This is a circular black wool hat with a red pom ball attached to the top center. Around the base is a white, red, and blue checkered pattern. On the interior is a shield emblem with the words 'Tamo Shanter.'

The tam o'shanter looks like a beret with a close-fitting headband, usually with a pompom (toorie) on top center. It was named after the character tam o'shanter in the poem of that name by Robert Burns. It is usually made of wool, and the crown is about twice the diameter of the head, which gives it a "floppy" appearance. Originally, they were always blue in color because of the lack of chemical dyes, and hence were called "Bluebonnets." They are now available in plain colors or different tartans. In the Scottish military, it is traditional for non-commissioned soldiers to wear a tam o'shanter, while officers wear a Balmoral or Glengarry instead.

This hat was worn by Harry A. Sherwood, the donor's father when he was a member of the G.R. Curling Club in the early 1900s.
1900 – 1933
4" h
Current Location Status:
On Exhibit
Collection Tier:
Tier 2
Gift Of Mrs. Harry T. Widdicomb
Related Entities:
Kranted, W. A. (creator) Mrs. Harry T. Widdicombe (donor)
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