Cathay Williams Hat
Cathay Williams Hat
Cathay Williams Hat
Cathay Williams Hat
Cathay Williams Hat
Cathay Williams Hat
Cathay Williams Hat
Cathay Williams Hat
Cathay Williams Hat
Cathay Williams Hat
Cathay Williams Hat

Cathay Williams Hat

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*No refunds or exchanges. Kindly take measurements before ordering! (see size chart below)*
-Size 7 1/4 (58cm or 22 5/8in)
-Black fedora hat
-One of a kind, handcrafted in Santa Fe, NM
-Hand-stitched Black Lives Matter on the crown
-Hand-stitched pattern on the brim
-Lambskin band
-Weather-resistant to snow, rain, and sleet
-Fur felt blend
-Deerskin sweatband
-Creative Collaboration with Thunderbird Hats & Rough Love Jewelry

Cathay Williams (Buffalo Soldier) (around 1842- around 1893)
Cathay Williams was born a slave in Independence, Missouri. She was 17 years old when she posed as a man and used the alias William Cathay. Williams was assigned to the 38th United States Infantry Regiment, Company A in St. Louis, Missouri.  When Congress passed an act authorizing the establishment of the first all-Black units of the military, later to become known as "Buffalo Soldiers", Williams joined them. Therefore she is both the only documented black woman to serve in the Army in the 19th century and is also the only known black female Buffalo Soldier. In 1867 she was stationed in Fort Union, NM, and later moved onto Fort Cummings, NM. She contracted smallpox in 1868 and during her recovery in the hospital, she was discovered to be a woman and was discharged by her commanding officer. 

Measuring Tips & Size Chart
Use a ribbon/string and ruler or a seamstress tape measure to determine your hat size. Start at the top of your ear and measure about 1/4 inch-1/2 inch upward (or as high as you want that feels the most comfortable to you). Next,  from there measure the circumference of your head.  
~Made In New Mexico~
Inches Hat Size Centimeters
21 1/8 6 3/4-S 54
21 1/2 6 7/8-S 55
22
7-M 56
22 1/4 7 1/8-M 57
22 5/8 7 1/4-L 58
23 7 3/8-L 59
23 1/2 7 1/2-XL 60
23 7/8 7 5/8-XL 61
24 1/4 7 3/4-XXL 62