Missouri River sewing pattern number 4799-500-012
"Free Trapper Hat"
Pattern includes the following hat sizes:
6-7/8, 7, 7-1/8, 7-1/4, 7-3/8, 7-1/2, 7-5/8 and 7-3/4
Head Circumference 21-1/2" to 24-1/8"
Pattern condition: Uncut, factory folded and complete with instructions.
~ Item for sale is a sewing pattern, not a finished hat ~
Package includes options for several authentic fur trade period hats using fur from bear wolf, coyote, raccoon, etc. Detailed instructions give hints on decorating hats as well as assembly.
The "Free Trappers" were those hearty Mountain Men who owed allegiance to no man or Fur Company. They were true "Free Spirits" and this was often reflected in the construction and decoration of their headgear, as shown in paintings of the period.
Fur hats were made from almost all of the fur bearing animals found in the Rockies and Sierras, such as coyotes, wolves, foxes, badgers, skunks, bears, beavers and raccoons. Since the owner usually wanted something to admire as well as something that was functional, we find many styles, and even more different types of decorations.
Missouri River's pattern lists many suggestions for variations and decorations and will allow you to produce a hat that is uniquely and individually yours.
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.