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The Stetson Cavalry Hat
The Stetson Cavalry Hat
For the university, see Stetson University.
For the law school, see Stetson Law School.

Stetson hats or Stetsons, often known simply as cowboy hats, refers to a brand name and not a type of hat. The John B. Stetson Company of St. Joseph, Missouri, founded by John B. Stetson (1830..1906, USA), is the manufacturer of some of the more famous variants of the cowboy hat: a felt hat with a tall crown and very wide brim. It functions to protect its wearer's eyes from the sun, and can also double as a water bowl. The Stetson Cavalry Hat (Replacing former image Image:Stetson hat. ... The Stetson Cavalry Hat (Replacing former image Image:Stetson hat. ... The Order of the Spur is a Cavalry tradition in the United States Army. ... Representation of a university class, 1350s. ... Stetson University is a private, co-educational university in DeLand, Florida, United States, with a teacher education center in Celebration, Florida, a main Stetson Law School in Gulfport, Florida (near St. ... // A law school is an institution where future lawyers obtain legal degrees. ... Stetson School of Law main tower as seen from the main court yard (inspired by Torre del Oro in the city of Seville) Stetson School of Law Library (58,000 square feet) Stetson University Law School, founded in 1900, is Floridas first law school. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Saint Joseph (also known as St. ... John Batterson Stetson (1830 - 1906) was a U.S. hat manufacturer; the stetson hat was named for him. ...


There are two versions of the history associated with the Stetson hat. The first is a version, that although the most widely held belief, is in fact based on legend. This version states that in the 1860s Stetson created a rugged hat for himself made from thick beaver fur felt while panning for gold in Colorado. According to legend, Stetson invented the hat while on a hunting trip while showing his companions how he could make cloth out of fur without weaving. Stetson made an unusually large hat from fur-felt he made from hides collected on the trip, and wore the hat for the remainder of the expedition. Although initially worn as a joke, Stetson soon grew fond of the hat for its ability to protect its wearer from the elements. It had a wide brim for protection from the elements, a high crown to keep an insulating pocket of air on the head, and a waterproof lining so the hat could be used to carry water. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Baize. ...

Christy's Hat Factory in Frampton Cotterell, England where it is thought the 'Stetson' hat was created. It is now a private House.
Christy's Hat Factory in Frampton Cotterell, England where it is thought the 'Stetson' hat was created. It is now a private House.

Studies have shown however that in fact, there is evidence to show that the 'Stetson' hat was actually originally designed by Christy's Hats from Frampton Cotterell, Bristol, England. Image File history File links Hatfactory. ... Image File history File links Hatfactory. ... Frampton Cotterell is a village in South Gloucestershire, England. ...


Bristol University lecturer John Moore, said: "Few people know that the ten gallon hat was invented in Frampton Cotterell but it's well documented in the records of the hatmakers who built and owned the factory last century J. B. Stetson fought a long patent case with Christy's - and lost. The result was that he had to pay a licence fee to market the famous Stetson hat" The University of Bristol was founded in 1876 as the University College, Bristol. ...


Stetson might have lost, but he won in the long term. That style of hat is known universally as a Stetson, and Christy's role is completely forgotten.


Christy's famous hat factory in Park Lane, which once employed a quarter of Frampton Cotterell residents, is now a listed building and a spacious house. Christy's built their factory in 1812 in an area where hatting was already a major cottage industry The main business was trading with the West Indies, making large brimmed felt hats for slaves harvesting sugar cane in the rainy season. Frampton Cotterell is a village in South Gloucestershire, England. ... Buckingham Palace, a Grade I listed building. ...


The hat was however more popular in the U.S. The hat was first sold in Central City, Colorado in 1865 in a style called the "Boss of the Plains,". Central City is the county seat of Gilpin County, Colorado. ... 1865 (MDCCCLXV) is a common year starting on Sunday. ...


In 1869 Stetson returned to Philadelphia to found his hat company, which produced high quality hats for outdoors use. Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Cradle of Liberty, the City That Loves You Back, the Quaker City, The Birthplace of America Motto: Philadelphia maneto - Let brotherly love continue Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701  - Mayor...


By 1886 Stetson's hat company was the largest in the world, and had mechanized the hat-making industry.

NWMP (now RCMP) officers, Yukon, 1900, wearing the famous scarlet uniform that includes a flat brimmed Stetson hat.
NWMP (now RCMP) officers, Yukon, 1900, wearing the famous scarlet uniform that includes a flat brimmed Stetson hat.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Red Serge dress uniform includes a Stetson with a flat brim. The Stetson was first used unofficially by the North West Mounted Police, in place of the traditional white pith helmet. The colour for the RCMP Stetson is sometimes referred to as "Belgian Belly", it is a reddish buff, pastel like colour of the underfur of the Belgian Hare. It is also a very little used "second name" for the Stetson. Image File history File links Nwmp_1900. ... Image File history File links Nwmp_1900. ... Royal Canadian Mounted Police heraldic badge. ... Red Serge - NWMP K Troop (reenactors) The Red Serge is the formal and ceremonial uniform of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. ... Dress uniform is the most formal military uniform, typically worn at ceremonies, official receptions, and other special occasions; with full size medals. ... Pith helmet of Harry S. Truman The Pith Helmet (also known as Sun helmet, Topee, or Topi) is a lightweight helmet made of cork or pith typically from the sola or a similar plant [1], with a cloth cover, designed to shade the wearers head from the sun. ...


In the Second Boer War, the flat brimmed Stetson became the standard issue of the second Canadian Contingent, becoming recognized throughout the British Empire as a symbol of Canada. The Stetson hat became a part of the uniform of the Royal North West Mounted Police, which later became the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Combatants United Kingdom Australia New Zealand Canada Cape Colony Orange Free State South African Republic Commanders Redvers Buller Frederick Roberts Herbert Kitchener Paul Kruger Martinus Steyn Louis Botha Christiaan de Wet Casualties 22,000 6,500 Civilians killed [mainly Boers]: 24,000+ The Second Boer War, commonly referred to as... The British Empire in 1897, marked in pink, the traditional colour for Imperial British dominions on maps. ... Royal Canadian Mounted Police heraldic badge. ...


See also

The Akubra hat is a distinctive part of Australian culture. ... Actor Frank Sutton (back) wearing a campaign hat. ...

External links

  • Stetson Hats official website
  • CavHooah.com - Stetson Page

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