Is there a specific color and styles for the Worshipful Masters hat.

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  1. amaya14

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    I will be in the East next year and I am thinking of Panama fedora white hat, any suggestions


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  2. Ripcord22A

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    Its up to your GL....some specify a very specific hat...others leave it up to the master. Ive seen cowboy hats, black and white top hats, fedoras and bowlers

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  3. MarkR

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    Some jurisdictions require these things. Not the top hat on the GM, the other one. :eek:
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  4. Brother_Steve

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    Well, that is the closest hat I've seen that resembles a "crown" which the hat is supposed to symbolize.
     
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  5. amaya14

    amaya14 Registered User

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    Thank you, I will continue looking


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  6. George Coombs

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    Just don't wear that frown
     
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  7. Keith C

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    Black top hat mandated in PA. Check with your GL, if it is permitted, wear what you like.
     
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    12671957_734530950015496_4421088486059928053_o.jpg Although not a good picture, this was my hat when I was in the East
     
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  9. MWS

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    Interesting.
    We have never had a requirement to wear a hat...I have never seen one warn by the WM.
     
  10. Ripcord22A

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    What GL?

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  11. MWS

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    Ripcord, Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario.
     
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  12. MarkR

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    Scotland RWM's don't wear a hat. I don't think English do, either. In Sweden, everybody does. We're talking about a primarily American thing here.
     
  13. Elexir

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    I think you mean Denmark not Sweden.
    In Denmark all MMs and up wear tophat while as a Swedish MM I dont.
     
  14. Ripcord22A

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    I assumed so, ive spoken to a few brothers on here and elsewhere from Canada and they said no hat. @Bloke do y'all wear a hat @ WMs down under?



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  15. Bloke

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    Nope.
     
  16. Ripcord22A

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  17. SimonM

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    My guess would be that everyone had hats 200years ago, when fashion changed some felt that hats where important and mandated that some or all of the brothers should wear them in lodge. After that GLs start to improve and change the design and add symbolism to it.
     
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  18. chrmc

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    I've no historical evidence to base this on, but have been told that it is often connected with the concept of a "free" man. In some jurisdictions, like the US, the Master was covered, because it was a show of his station. Probably inspired by kings etc.
    In others it was a sign of being a free man that you wore a hat, which is why all Masons do that in some countries.

    Again, no idea if there is any truth to this, but makes sense to me.
     
  19. Warrior1256

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    Good an opinion as any that I have heard.
     
  20. Warrior1256

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    Other than the lodge supplied "crown" style hats the only kind that I have seen a WM wear around here is a black fedora style.
     

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