RARE JACK TAR SAILOR'S HAT & VEST
From the H. Wells Henderson Collection
Presented is a seaman’s hat and
vest from the early 19th Century, a wonderfully evocative and romantic addition to any period nautical collection. The hat
is very rare and is made of leather with a gold and black striped ribbon streamer that dates back to the first quarter of
the 19th Century. In the 1930's straw hats of this design were called "sailors".
For its age, the vest is in excellent condition. It is constructed of black (or very dark
blue) cotton velvet front with polished cotton lining and back. There is an adjustable tab and buckle in the back and leather
insets on the bottom front inside lining. The entire vest shows meticulous hand stitching throughout. The ten buttons are
Hats such as this were commonly part of a sailors dress uniform as was the vest. The sailors of this period were referred
to as "Jack Tars", and relics of this age were a prominent part of the J. Wells Henderson collection which was sold at auction
in 2008. Henderson's collection, presented in a single-owner day long session with its own separate catalog. A founder of
Philadelphia's Maritime Museum, Henderson held his first exhibition in 1957 at the Peabody Museum of Salem, now Peabody Essex.
Much of the collection is documented in his "Jack Tar": A Sailor's Life 1750–1910 which illustrated many of
the pieces that had been off the market for six decades or more. The carved and painted figure of "Jack Tar” featured
on its cover, sold just below estimates at $337,000.
HISTORY OF THE TERM: During the early sailing ship
era, sailors were referred to by their first names only and Jack was most common. Tar was used as a waterproofing agent on
ships gear and rigging and also to waterproof a seaman's clothing. Hence, the term Jack Tar evolved. In the U.S. Navy a Jack
Tar was a seaman that had his act together and was reliable and trustworthy.
Velvet front 16 3/4“ W x 22“ H
Back polished cotton, split seam
Hat size 4 1/2 mostly illegible markings
CONDITION: The hat is in generally good condition
with some warping to the rim and some dents, and minor signs of age. The hat's two ribbons are old and dusty and are frayed.
There is a crack around the rim where it meets the cover which is barely noticeable. The vest is in very good condition with
no moth holes. The stitching on the back seam is split, but can be repaired.
Hat: Crown 7" diameter Brim 12" dia Circumference 22 1/4"
Vest: 16 3/4" W x 22" H
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