Historical signifiers of social status, the “homburg,” along with the trilby, fedora, bowler and top hat, were the predominant menswear hat styles in England and the United States in the early years of the 20th century. The homburg style evolved from a regional hat worn by the men of Homburg, Germany, brought back by the Prince of Wales from a trip to mineral water spas in a German resort town.

Thomas Barnes
Alexandria Museum of Art Collections Endowment 1996.06
plaster, paint, and paper
19-1/2 x 25 x 14 inches

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