Wideawake Hat

wideawake hat

A Quaker style hat

A Wideawake Hat also known as a Quaker hat, is a men’s hat worn by Quakers who settled in parts of the United States in 18th and 19th centuries. Wideawake Hats feature a wide brim and low crown.

The famous artist Rembrandt was wearing a style of Wideawake Hat in his 1632 self portrait.

Wideawake Hats are made from felt, most commonly black or brown. They have a fairly wide brim that is upturned slightly from the base of the hat on the left and right sides, while being pretty flat on the front and back with a fairly flat top as opposed to the well rounded top of a bowler. They usually feature a tall black hatband around the base, just above the brim.

Wideawake Hats have been worn by some early Scouts as listed in Scouting for Boys.

Other names for the Wideawake Hat

  • Quaker Hat

Famous Wideawake Hat wearers

  • Rembrandt
  • The Quaker Oats man
  • William Penn
  • Alfred Lord Tennyson

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