Men with fancy hats and brass necks

Anthony Eden was famous for his hat, a Homburg with a silk brim that accentuated his dashing, if toothy, film star looks.

21st October, 2006

Journalists bestowed his name on the hat when Eden was a dandyish British foreign secretary before World War II. The style was fashionable until the 1960s when hats began to go the way of men’s suspenders. Eden, when he became British prime minister in 1955, still lived in a world of hats: bowlers and homburgs in the city, brass hats and tin hats at Aldershot.

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