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Herjolfsnes no.87

It has been suggested that this tall conical garment is a hat, because inside it contained human teeth ;-). The upper part is shaped the same as in hat #86, likewise divided into 2 halves with a false seam. The lower part is widened by means of a triangular insertion, giving the hat a conical shape as a result. The circumference of the lower rim is 68 cm. Paul Norlund explains this comparatively very large circumference by hypothesizing that the man who wore this hat had grown a lot of hair. We think that an alternative explanation may exist. Perhaps the hat sat on the head with its middle part, drooping over the face and shoulders like a wizard's hat, and was rolled upward in the front to be able to see. The trailing edge in the back would serve as a protection against cold and wind.


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Based on: Meddelelser om Gronland, Buried Norsemen at Herjolfsnes; Dr.phil. Poul Norlund; Copenhagen 1924; C.A.Reitzel


Patterns of extant garments - Hats and Caps, part 1
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