|Description: A man's black bowler hat made of black wool felt. There is a band of black grosgrain ribbon that has a flat bow at the left side. There are remnants of blue-dyed and red-dyed feathers on the ribbon. The brim edge is finished with grosgrain ribbon. The inner band is medium brown fine leather stitched in place. The lining is ivory silk satin: the top is flat and the sides have tucks at the top. The lining is glued on at its lower edges. There is a small silk ribbon bow at the upper edge of the back seam of the inner band.|
There is a paper stamp glued on the under surface of the inner band that reads, "Be Just and Fear Not - This Hat Union Made - Felt Hatters and Trimmers Unions - Defence Not Defiance - A.J.F.H. - FHT & WF - Copyright." There is black ink on the inner surface of the top lining that reads, "Extra Quality - Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense - Quality Guaranteed - Dieu Et Mon Driot - James E. Mills London & Stockport - [?] Medal - [Medal - Henry Sanders & Son - Hamilton, Ont." On the under surface of the inner band, there is hand printing in black ink that reads, "W.B." Impressed on the upper surface of the inner band on the left side is a repeated manufacturer's mark. Both marks have the crest of the Order of the Garter on them. Also impressed on the upper surface of the inner band at the front reads, "Felt Hat All Fur - Made in England." Stamped in black ink on the under surface of the inner band between union stamp and back seam are two rows of 6 numbers each which are indecipherable.
Information from donor is that the hat was made in England and was sold in Hamilton ON.