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The Pyramidal Hat
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the Pyramidal Hat. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.

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The earliest diagrams that I am aware of for the Pyramidal (or possibly Pyramidical) Hat occur in The Boy's Own Toymaker' by Ebenezer Landells which was published in 1859 by Griffin and Farran in London and Shephard, Clark and Brown in Boston.

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'Un million de jeux et de plaisirs' by T de Moulidars, which was first published in 1880 and subsequently republished under the title 'Grande encyclopédie méthodique, universelle, illustrée, des jeux et des divertissements de l'esprit et du corps' contained diagrams for a pyramidal hat under the name 'Le Chapeau du Gendarme' ...

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... and thius design also appears in 'Cassell's Complete Book of Sports and Pastimes', published in 1882, the paperfolding section of which was based on Moulidars book.

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A hat of this kind appeared in a satirical cartoon of General Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, on page 202 of the magazine Punch Vol. 85 of 27 October 1883. (Information from Juan Gimeno)

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A variation of the Pyramidal Hat called 'Casquette Moyen Age' (Medieval Hat) appears in 'Le Livre des Amusettes' by Toto was published in Paris by Charles Mendel in 1899.

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A Pyramidal Hat is also illustrated in 'Die Frobelschen Beschaftigungen: Das Falten' by Marie Muller-Wunderlich, which was published by Friedrich Brandstetter in Leipzig in 1900.

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