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So - Cavalier Hats (as in Royalists, ECW) - do they have another name, or are they just "cavalier hats"?

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"Beaver" from the fur they were made from, hence Burns' poem titled "Cock up your beaver".
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Thanks - I didn't know they were made of that - although I'm familiar with the term (but not the Burns).

For some reason an Italian-ish/Spanish-ish word, beginning with 'M' keeps flirting with my aging memory.

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Montero? Tis a different form of hat- a sort of folding balaclava job from leather or fabric, not fur felt.
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I think that might be the pest!

Why is it whenever I think of cavalier hats I have an over-whelming urge to punch kitchen towel salesmen?

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Castor is another word linked with beaver fur felt hats. Demi castor implies a roughly half an half mix of beaver and rabbit fur felt or sometimes beaver/wool

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But it appears that many hats were made of beaver, with a variety of styles and names.

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Senilis Pravus wrote:But it appears that many hats were made of beaver, with a variety of styles and names.
That’s correct. There is no such thing as a "Cavalier Hat" or "Puritan hat" both titles Victorianisms, both title wholly inaccurate.
All styles of hats were worn by both sides of the Civil War

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As I thought, but surely they have correct, period names?

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Hats had different names based on their method of construction. They did not at this time have names based on their styles, that is a much later concept.
At this time an individual hat maker might make a couple of thousand hats a year. Their hat blocks might differ from other makers in shape and form. If you were high enough in status you might say this one was made by Mr Jones he makes for Lord such and such…

For hats formed by felting -Randle Holme's Academy of Armory 1688 - gives the following :-
Chapter 3, Item 58b
Hat types
Sorts of Hats.

The Felt, it is made of Sheeps Wooll only.
The Caster, it is made of Coney Wool mixt with Polony Wooll.
The Beever, it is made of Beever haire and Red Wool.
The French-felt, it is between a Felt and a Caster.
The Cordiback Felt.
The Carolina Hat.

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Interesting - thanks.

Stupid Interwebz! An image search for 'carolina hat' brings up mostly baseball caps with the odd stetson type item.

My Google-Fu is weak!

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