Jester Hat

claypole jester hat

A funny looking hat!

A Jester Hat also known as a joker hat, fool’s cap, fool’s hat etc is a distinctive hat made of cloth. A Jester Hat is floppy with three points, each of which has a jingle bell at the end.

The Jester Hat’s three points represent the donkey’s ears and tail worn by jesters in earlier times.

Jesters also carried a mock sceptre, known as a bauble or marotte.

The tradition of court jesters came to an end in Britain when Charles I was overthrown in the Civil War. As a Puritan Christian republic, England under the Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell had no place for such fripperies as jesters.

Other names for a Jester Hat

  • Joker Hat
  • Fool’s Cap
  • Fool’s Hat

Famous Jester Hat wearers

  • Claypole from Rentaghost

Jester Hat fancy dress ideas

There are many different type of very colourful Jester Hats available in lightweight synthetic fibres. Get a mock sceptre to finish the look.

  • Rentaghost
  • Court Jester
  • Joker