Beaver Hat / Beaver Hat. Made in England, 1615-1640. Ownership attributed to Constance Hopkins. Steeple-crowned hats, usually with a decorative band, were popular in western Europe for both men and women in the early 17th century. Beaver fur, imported from the colonies, was processed into felt to make hats.
A. Carding (combing the fibers), Bowing (cleaning and fluffing) B. Matting (various layers of the fiber into felt) C. Basoning (manipulated the batt of felt into a triangular shape called a capade or gore that will become the crown of the Hat) D. Flanging (attaching the brim) E. Blocking (forcing the hat body onto a wood form and stamping the moisture from it)