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Renaissance Flat Cap

Renaissance Flat Cap, Henry VIII


Flat Hat is a hat that is flat with soft crown and moderately broad brim often associated with Henry VIII. Originally in that period, flat caps were called bonnets and were used by women. For a gentleman, as an alternative to bonnets, they called it a flat cap.


Flat Cap became popular at the end of 15th century, and were worn by men and women (bonnets) of all stations of life. They were made from a variety of materials, based on the wealth of the owner. Lower classes wore wool, while the upper classes wore hats made of velvet or brocade. Fancier caps were trimmed with narrow braid, ribbons, feathers, and brooches. Women would wear a flat cap over a biggins, usually pinned on.

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