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H4581 Hat, cabbage tree palm / cotton / linen, maker unknown, Australia, c. 1860-1880. Click to enlarge.

Hat from Australia

Made
The cabbage tree hat is characteristic of Australian men's fashion in the nineteenth century. Woven from the fibre of the native cabbage tree palm (Livistona australis), the hats are also historically significant as an early example of Australian dress made entirely from Australian materials. Adapting traditional British skills to the raw materials of the local environment, convicts and first settlers began making hats using the native fibre to protect themselves from the harsh Australian …

Summary

Object No.

H4581

Object Statement

Hat, cabbage tree palm / cotton / linen, maker unknown, Australia, c. 1860-1880

Physical Description

Cabbage tree hat, hand sewn, with coarse brown linen thread with deep oval crown and wide flat brim with cabbage tree band and stylized bow at junction of brim and crown. Crown lined with coarse brown cotton.

Dimensions

Height

120 mm

Width

363 mm

Production

Made

Source

Credit Line

Gift of J T Boland, 1943

Acquisition Date

5 December 1943

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Harvard

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Wikipedia

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