Man’s derby hat, c. 1900. This felt hat was made by Hawes Von Gal Co., Inc., New York and retailed in Charleston by C. C. Plenge, Sole Agent. Created in 1849 by Thomas & William Bowler, the Bowler was originally protective gear for gamekeepers. In America it became known as a Derby hat and was popular throughout the late 19th and early 20th century. Charleston Museum

Man’s derby hat, c. 1900. This felt hat was made by Hawes Von Gal Co., Inc., New York and retailed in Charleston by C. C. Plenge, Sole Agent. Created in 1849 by Thomas & William Bowler, the Bowler was originally protective gear for gamekeepers. In America it became known as a Derby hat and was popular throughout the late 19th and early 20th century. Charleston Museum