The only known original example can be seen in the Nelson Museum, Monmouth and is worth a look if you are in the area.
Our caps are made with plenty of room to allow for further felting/shrinkage whilst wearing.
The Caps are available in natural undyed colours and a selection of hand dyed colours using natural dyes - weld, madder, coreopsis, indigo - all dyestuffs are grown and harvested in Monmouthshire (with the exception of indigo, although we do occasionally have locally grown woad dyed). The Lincoln green is obtained by overdyeing indigo with weld.
These caps are extremely durable, warm and water resistant and have been purchased for use by Vets, Re-enactors, Gardeners, Anglers, Walkers and Historical Drama Productions to name just a few.
The caps are fulled (lightly felted) to fit.
Tips for measuring your head size. You can use a tape measure or a length of string that you will have to hold up to a tape measure to determine the length. Place the string or tape around your head about 1/8" (3mm) above your ear, across the mid-forehead, completely circling your head. Hold the tape firmly, but not too tightly. Basically you need to measure your head exactly where the hat will sit. If your measurement falls between sizes, choose the next largest size. Remember that these hats are knitted and therefore will accommodate a range of sizes and still be a comfortable fit. If you prefer a tighter or looser fit then we suggest that you order a smaller or larger size as appropriate.
These items are often made to order (esp. during periods of high demand) so please allow up to 7 days before we can dispatch.
Absolute quality craftsmanship with this cap. Bought this after watching a show about Monmouthshire on TV, having family history from this part of Wales ( I'm a Aussie) this seemed perfect for my style of what we refer to as a beanie here in Aus . ( have to order more my son loves it too ) cheers Grantley