11.5 Nobile Homburg
1890 witnessed another casual event destined to leave an imprint on the path of felt hats.
England’s Prince Edward, future King Edward VII and son of Queen Victoria, had a hat made for himself while in Bad Homburg for treatment and it took on the name of the town.
Perhaps also thanks to a historical photograph that immortalized it on the Princes’ head while he was wearing an elegant pin-striped suit. The HOMBURG has reached the present day also being called “the Godfather hat”.
The brim was curled on both sides, so similar to a top hat that it is also defined roulé. The crown is so limp and soft that it can be bent by hand. The beginning of the Belle époque at the end of the 1800’s was a preparation to what was to be known as the golden years for hats.
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