Block, hat; Johnson Mathews[?]; [?]; 2010.297


Block, hat

About this object

Hat block; a wooden block for making hats. Consists of three parts - a base and upright dowel for the stand and the hat form. Signed in pencil on the base of the form: 'Johnson Mathews'.

A hat block, also known as a hat form or bashing block, is a wooden block carved into the shape of a hat by a craftsman known as a block shaper. It is used by hat makers or milliners to produce a hat.


Johnson Mathews[?]

Maker Role


Date Made


Place Made


Medium and Materials

organic, vegetal, wood.

Inscription and Marks

Punched into base of block: '21 1/2'; handwritten in pencil: 'Johnson Mathews'.


h 300mm x l 186mm x w 156mm

Object Type

occupation-based equipment

Object number


Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved