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Top Rated Boaters

At Historical Emporium, we have been selling authentic period clothing since 2003, with thousands of satisfied customers around the world.

We have sold hundreds of boaters, and we listen closely to customer feedback to make sure we're delivering on the promise of unique, authentic clothing, world class service, and great prices.

We survey every customer to gauge their opinion of the products they bought, and put together this list of the top-ranked boaters in our store.

Shop with confidence, knowing that these terrific boaters have been tested and endorsed by our other customers, and that you will receive five star service along with a great value!


#1 Rated Boater
Panama Straw Boater / Skimmer

 Victorian Mens Hats Tan Brown Straw Boaters |Antique Vintage Old Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume | Beachwear

ITEM 001813




Reviews of this Product

Average Rating: 4.87/5.00 stars from 31 reviews

An Authentic Hat Big Enough for My Large Head
The high price caught me off guard at first, but once I actually received the hat and got to take a look at it, I realized that its price is justified. Handmade and feels as authentic as can be for a panama hat, I was most pleased that a hat, for once, wasn't too small or constrictive for my otherwise large head. As a matter of fact, the hat is just barely slightly large, which I'm 100% okay with after a lifetime of small hats. It works well not just as an authentic period piece, it can also work as other costumes such as a CIA agent in Cuba if you so choose (as a humorous example). In short, a high-quality, handmade hat that can accommodate large heads (as long as you order the correct size).
Nov 5, 2022
Saint Paul Mi
Perfect & Timely delivery
The product and well as the service were flawless. I canít think of anything that did not meet or exceed expectations. The Boater is first rate quality. I will be back for more items.
Aug 24, 2022
Greg Koch
Berkeley CA
As ordered
Computer display showed details of product and that's exactly what I got.
Jan 2, 2022
Elmer 717
La Verne CA
Churchill Downs
I cannot wait to wear this at the Oaks race. Great hat, authentic, highest quality and fits perfect. Gotta give it a big Roll Tide
Feb 15, 2018

My husband LOVES it!!!
Dec 29, 2016
duncanville te
Awesome Quality
This is the REAL DEAL, not a cheap costumed knockoff!
May 12, 2016
Barry H
Anderson IN
Panama skimmer hat
The hat fits perfect and I believe it will last many years
Apr 1, 2016
Springfield Mo
Good quality, sizes run small...very small
Good quality Fast delivery Order one size up, don't guess, I am a solid L but should have ordered a XL. Ordered another hat for someone else. Same issue. Quality was great but he was a M and should have bought a L....
Feb 24, 2016
Very Dapper!
Son just LOVES this one! Looks EXACTLY like what the Dapper Dans wear at Disneyland! We will be coming back for the vest soon! :)
Oct 7, 2015
Los Gatos Ca
Panama Straw Boater / Skimmer
I owe several Straw Boater hats but this one by far exceeded my exceptions.
Jun 18, 2015
Spring TX
My Hat
This was a great addition to my hat collection. Fits great and I like wearing it when I am out and about town.
Sep 5, 2014
Reevesville SC
Panama straw boater
Excellent quality, very satisfied with my purchase.
Jan 16, 2014
Cleveland OH
great hat! just what i was lookig for
Nov 25, 2013
bellingham ma
Panama Straw Boater
Arrived neat and clean and intact in well packed box. Delighted to have such a handsome hat.
May 17, 2013

Just what I ordered.
The product I recently purchased from you came exactly as advertised. The size is right, the price was accurate, and it arrived on time. There were no surprises, which is what I appreciate most when ordering on line.
Jan 28, 2013
Athyrio Jones
Smyrna TN


#2 Rated Boater
Gents Straw Boater

 Victorian Old West Mens Hats Brown Tan Straw Boaters |Antique Vintage Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume | Beachwear Gifts for Him

ITEM 003217




Reviews of this Product

Average Rating: 4.87/5.00 stars from 54 reviews

Boater Straw - Satified
Quick service....little big but a slight altenation fix it up....will be the perfect accessary for my 1930 outfit and I will certainly look sharp with this the "boater straw hat"...good quality workmenship
May 13, 2021
Seminole Fl
Summertime SantaClaus
This hat is of such great quality to literally and physically top the best look for Santa Claus at the beach/pool!!! Thank you!!
Jul 16, 2020
Santa Rich
Mannford Ok
Gents Straw Boater
Jun 11, 2020
King James
Washington DC
Perfect Gift!
I purchased this for my nephew who is obsessed with clothing of different time periods. He was thrilled with this hat. The quality is exceptional. Shipping was fast-item was carefully packed . Would highly recommend!
May 21, 2020
Super Aunt
(Hopefully) Perfect
Apr 16, 2020
Clinton Township Mi
Historical Boater
This straw boater is perfect for a museum display accompanying Mark Twain's book Life on the Mississippi. At the Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site in Florida, Missouri, we do a rotating display of his first editions to protect them from light and wear. Mark Twain wore a straw boater similar to this one when he worked as a cub pilot (learning the ropes) on steamboats on the Mississippi River.
Sep 14, 2019
Marianne Bodine
Florida Mi
Hat is better than expected
Jul 26, 2017
Baltimore MD
The Boater
I received numerous positive comments about my Boater. It was admired by many and generated a lot of conversation about its history and personal memories.
Jul 7, 2016
Portsmouth Vi
Straw Boater
I purchased this hat to go with Seersucker suit also from Historical Emporium. Great quality hat for good price. My husband received many compliments on his outfit.
May 26, 2016
San Diego
Snappy hat!
The beauty replaced a similar hat that belonged to my late father-in-law. It arrived on time and well-packed. The hat appears to be made well and should give me good service.
May 15, 2016
New Hyde Park NY
The straw boater is a perfect fit. I am able to use accent with several combinations.
May 3, 2016
Capt. Moriba
Washington DC
Boater Hat
It was exactly what I wanted. The price of the hat was very affordable and the quality was superior. I would buy from Historical Emporium again.
Feb 26, 2016
Hollywood Fl
Great Product!
Very well made and authentic! True to size!
Oct 19, 2015
Garden Grove Ca
Simply awesome
This boater is magnificent The perfect accessory for the 1900's bathing suit
Oct 15, 2015
Rehoboth Beach DE
Amazing product for the price! I wore to a white party on a yacht and I mean I shut it down. The hat looked so amazing! The quality is top notch for the money. Very stiff, and sturdy. I would definitely buy another. Everybody was asking where I got it from, I really didn't want to spill the beans, but I told everyone! Great product! great Price! super Fast Shipping!
Jul 16, 2015


#3 Rated Boater
Ladies Straw Boater

 Victorian Ladies Hats Tan Straw Boaters |Antique Vintage Old Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume | Gifts for Her Beachwear Suffragist

ITEM 007250




Reviews of this Product

Average Rating: 5.00/5.00 stars from 4 reviews

Other than the ribbon is not as long as shown, this is a great hat.
Mar 17, 2021
Titusville NJ
SF Earthquake memorial activities
This completes my outfit for a 1906 costume to celebrate the above titled events. I am a relative of Lillie Coit (Coit Tower, Telegraph Hill) and this year I wanted to dress in period costume. This completes the look and I love it.
Feb 27, 2020
Dallas Te
Excellent quality for the price
A very reasonably priced boater, of very good quality. Everything I have ever purchased from Historical Emporium has been of top quality, everything has always shipped promptly, and communications, when necessary, have been excellent.
Aug 14, 2018
Mark L
Hayward CA
Lovely, quality hat
Needed a boater for a versatile summer hat for my historical re-enacting. Was not disappointed! Well made, fits me fine (would have liked a much shorter crown to accommodate my historical gibson-girl hair, but it does all actually fit my head!), and made properly of straw braid so it's cool and airy in summer heat and can be reblocked and reshaped in the future if need be. Fast shipping to Eastern Canada, too, though the customs fees were a bummer.
Jul 19, 2018
Guelph On


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