This is a great summer hat - or a fine hat for gardening or outdoor pursuits.
It is vintage African in origin and beautifully made. It dates to the later part of the 20th Century - possibly about the 1970s or 80s - but the design is a rather timeless one.
I have a few of these straw / woven hats in my shop.
It is called a Fulani Hat. It is a conical fibre hat with leather applications that comes from the Fulani people in West Africa. It is typically worn by the Wodaabe, a nomadic cattle-herder subgroup of the Fulani. In general, a Fulani hat is a basketry hat made of plant fibres. It is covered in leather both at the brim and top and sometimes with decorative leather elements in the middle. At the very top of the hat, there is a knob which is covered in leather. At the base of the hat there is often a chinstrap with a tassel at the end.
This is a fine vintage example - and in lovely condition.
It is nice and clean with no damages - and the leather chip straps are present - the rush weaving is very fine - as is the leather additions. It is probably about a UK hat size 7 - and is a great sun hat - or a fine decorative or decorator's accessory. This one is a little more like a pith helmet in shape - lots of leather details on it - and around crown shape.
Dimensions: the diameter of the base of the hat is 12 3/4 inches. The height is 6 1/2 inches.
These hats are harder to find in the UK - and are just stylish accessories for outdoor pursuits.
Due to the size of this hat - it will have to be sent carefully packed with Royal Mail as a medium parcel - which will push up your postage costs a little.