Victorian London - Clothing - Hats

Victorian London - Publications - Humour - Punch - cartoon 51 - Hats


Punch, Jul.-Dec. 1848

Victorian London - Publications - Humour - Punch - cartoon 81 - Bonnets and Hats


Punch, Jul.-Dec. 1853

HENRY HEATH, Hat Manufacturer

393 (City end of) OXFORD STREET, LONDON ,W.
Established in the Reign of King George the Fourth
FASHION - Speciality.
"AILE DE CORBEAU" - The most brilliant Silk Plush yet produced - retains it glossy brilliancy in wear.
EXTRA QUALITY, Silk Hats (Cash Price) 17/-
Other Qualities (Unequalled for Hard Wear) - 13/6 & 10/6
BEST FELT HATS 7/6  9/6  &  10/6

Why wear an Ill-fitting Hat?

Successful system of Head Measurement ensures the luxury of a well-fitting Hat adapted to the form of the wearer's head. 

The principle is equally applicable to Hats selected from Stock.
Residents in the Country can ensure a comfortable fitting Hat being forwarded by writing for HENRY HEATH'S New Measuring Band, which takes the form and size of head. Post free, with Card of Shapes, &c. Hats forwarded to any part safely in wood boxes. No extra charge.

HENRY HEATH, manufacturing his own Goods can guarantee - 1st , Their Quality; 2nd Excellence of Finish; 3rd Style; his Factory (adjoining) employs upwards of Seventy Persons. His goods cannot be procured at or through any Co-operative Stores. He has always refused to supply goods to or be in any way affiliated to them. His goods are charged Cash Prices, and will compare favourably with any Store Goods. His customers can always rely upon receiving business-like attention.
The NARROW HAT BRUSH, 1/-, or with hard bristles at one end, 1/6. A capital Brush for keeping the brim of Hat free from dust and spots. By post, one stamp extra.

393, (City end of) OXFORD STREET, LONDON. W.

advertisement in Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879

Hats, it may be asserted without fear of contradiction, were the Alpha and Omega of dress amongst every section of the community; the postmen wore hats with their long scarlet coats; policemen wore hats with their swallow-tails; boys the height of fourpence in copper wore hats; the entire field at a cricket match wore flannels and hats; and the yokels and agricultural classes topped their smocks with hats. Not hats, be it understood, of the modern silky limited style, but huge extinguishers, with piles varying from solid beaver to the substance of a terriers coat; and to enter the "Pic" was tantamount to the annihilation of one of these creations. The "Kangaroo" of whom mention is made elsewhere, was a standing dish at this establishment, and to such an extent was his position recognised that many men tipped him on entering to obviate molestation.

'One of the Old Brigade' (Donald Shaw), London in the Sixties, 1908