Posted by Caroline on June 25, 1997 at 21:06:12:
In reply to Re: Just what is the correct name... posted by Arami on June 25, 1997 at 18:58:37
] Could you be so good and check in your books what is the correct name for a flat crescent-shaped hat worn with the formal evening male outfit around 1790-1820. My sources say "bicorne", but apparently there are other possibilities. Thanks.
Arami, we actually talked about this on the P&PBB about amonth and a half ago(you could try archive 8 or 9).Please remember that some sources use a French name and some an English one, and it is obvious that on both sides of La Manche, both languages were used by polite society. Some called this hat a Chapeau-bras, others a Chapeau- brisť.The term "bicorne " was used by miltary men, to distinguish it from a tricorne but I don't know if others used it. Sometimes it was just referred to as a "cocked hat", but for this it had to have a cockade(very military!)
I have never seen the term "incroyable" used to describe a hat alone, only to describe a person.....but then,I havn't seen everything yet!
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