deerstalker hat sherlock holmes

Made famous by Sherlock Holmes

A Deerstalker is a type of hat that is typically worn in rural areas, often for hunting, especially deer stalking.

A pair of semicircular bills or visors worn in the front and back of the Deerstalker are its distinguishing characteristics. During prolonged outdoor activities like hunting and fishing, the dual bills shield the wearer’s face and neck from the sun.

As well as the Deerstalker’s bills or visors, a pair of cloth earflaps on either side of the cap also often feature. They are fastened by laces, grosgrain ribbons, or occasionally snaps or buttons. When tucked under the chin, the earflaps provide wind and cold weather protection. When not in use they are tied together above the crown.

Because of the hat’s popular association with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, it is also a stereotypical hat of a detective and sometimes referred to as a “Shelock Holmes Hat”.

Other names for Deerstalker

  • Fore-and-Aft Cap
  • Tweed Helmet
  • Sherlock
  • Sherlock Holmes Hat

Famous Deerstalker wearers

  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Basil Brush
  • Racing Pundit John McCririck

Deerstalker fancy dress ideas

Deerstalker fancy dress hats are available online at cheap prices.

  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Detective
  • Deer Hunter
  • Racing Pundit
  • Basil Brush