Get­ting in a flap

The Field - - Opening Shots -

The uni­fy­ing fea­ture of both the deer­stalker and the fore­and-aft are a pair of semi-cir­cu­lar vi­sors or bills, front and back, stiff­ened with heavy can­vas, paste­board or card­board. Both are usu­ally made of tweed, which is some­times coated

with Te­flon for added wa­ter re­sis­tance.

The dif­fer­ence lies in the deer­stalker’s un­stiff­ened ear flaps,

which can be tied to­gether over the head, usu­ally with gros­grain rib­bons or laces, but some­times snaps or but­tons, or un­der the chin for added pro­tec­tion from the el­e­ments. By con­trast, the fore-and-aft has a nar­row brim all round

and no ear flaps.

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