Boater Hats

The Boater Hat is a straw hat which was first seen in Italy and commonly worn by the gondoliers (Boatmen in Venice). During the 19th and 20th century the boater was worn for both casual and formal events especially during the summer months.  The boater was also worn as part of the school uniform during the 19th century, More recently the boater is worn for sailing, rowing, boating and occasionally events celebrating our heritage.
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