The bowler, a protective and durable hat style, was popular with the British and American working classes during the remaining 19th century, and later with the middle and upper classes in the United Kingdom and the eastern United States.
which had been commissioned by a customer to design a close-fitting, low-crowned hat to protect gamekeepers from low-hanging branches while on horseback at Holkham Hall, the estate of Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester (seventh creation) in Norfolk.
Previous to this, Mr Coke’s gamekeepers had worn top hats, which were often knocked off by low-hanging branches and subsequently damaged.
Happy with the results, he placed his order paying twelve shillings for it.[i] Due to Mr Coke’s involvement with the creation of this style, the bowler hat was often first referred to as a ‘coke’ hat.Yet fashion's pendulum never ceases to swing, and there might well be a time in the future when fashion will demand that heads need to be covered again.Why the fashion for wearing or not wearing a hat fluctuates at different times can only be explained with hindsight of historical and social developments.Welcome searchers of history and information about men’s hats, fedoras, top hats, derbies and bowlers, and, more specifically, Stetson history.If you’ve landed on this page, chances are you found us through a Google search as our pages now rank on the very first page for most search questions on hat history. One of the reasons you found us, though, is because information on hats is not just hard to find, it is very, very hard to find.The name ‘bowler’ is said to have been the last name of the two men hired by Lock & Co to design the hat.The hat eventually went on to be called a billycock, blocker, Christie, derby and a wide variety of other names.Even less reliable is family lore on when a hat was purchased (so few people know anything about hats that this is a highly unreliable method of dating).Other times we know through hat company advertisements that a particular, marked model was only sold during a specific time period.02 July 2014 The History of the Bowler Hat Timothy Long The bowler hat was created by London’s oldest milliner, James Lock of Lock & Co., in the 1840s as a form of protective headwear.The original design was commissioned by British soldier and politician William Coke (pronounced ‘cook’) who ordered the hat to protect the heads of his gamekeeper’s who tended to his Norfolk farm.The twenty-first century is a relatively hatless age, with the exception of the baseball cap and modern hoods.This might be just a passing fad, but it is socially as significant as trends of the previous era, when men wore proper hats all the time. Eighteenth-century wigs replaced hats and coiffeurs eclipsed the hatter, but the nineteenth century dictated hats for men again with many important styles still remembered with nostalgia.-By Warner Todd Huston Hats are often impossible to date in exact terms.