Holmes and Hats Part Deux
So I did my duty and sorted through the pictures for The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, and The Hound of the Baskervilles, just to check out the ratio of hats. It’s silly, but after the sampling, I thought I should at least finish my silliness, right? So herein is the ratio of travelling caps to derby, top to fedora:
Traveling caps are worn by Sherlock in FOUR stories out of the collections listed above, and at appropriate traveling times.
Derby hats are worn by Sherlock in FIVE stories.
Top hats are worn in EIGHT stories (also at appropriate times).
Lastly fedoras appear in…
…THIRTEEN stories. Fedora hats are also notable that they are worn by Holmes in Hound of the Baskervilles and, at the climactic (but temporary) death of Holmes in “The Final Problem” where he plunges off Reichenbach falls with Moriarty. One can clearly see a fedora as he and Watson wait at the train station, and a fedora is flying off Holmes’ head in the not-so-fatal plunge.
I think this definitively kills the notion that the image of Holmes with a traveling cap stems from the illustrations. It could be that the illustrations with the cap are more memorable to some, and are certainly the source of the image, but they give a clear ruling on the presence, and preference, of the fedora hat.