1860s Bollman Collection Wide Awake
The Wide Awakes, affiliated with the Republican Party during the 1860 election, supported Abraham Lincoln and the Union while strongly opposing slavery. The Wide Awakes were well-drilled and served as political police in escorting party speakers and in preserving order at party demonstrations and had over 400,000 estimated members. The standard Wide Awake uniform consisted of a full robe or cape, a torch, and of course the black hat for which we pay tribute.
The Bollman Hat Company produced this hat and all of their hats in black only when George Bollman and Isaac Sowers first opened their hat factory in Adamstown, Pennsylvania in 1868.
This hat comes in a special edition Bollman Heritage Hat Box.
|Style||Bowler & Derby Hats|
|Brand||Bollman Hat Company|
|Collection||Bollman Heritage Collection|
|USA Made or Imported||Made in USA|
|Hats.com Exclusive||Hats.com Exclusive|