Finally, after extensive field trials and a no little personal hardship and expense I am finally able to announce to a waiting world the results of my labours.
Lesser men would have cavilled at the cost, never mind the loss of personal dignity. But for those of us born to explore the outermost fringes of mens fashion, this is of little import.
Yes, I have finally finished by comparison of the ‘baseball cap’ and the ‘flat cap’. Obviously the learned paper I am about to submit to the appropriate academic institution will be mulled over for some months, and I feel an increasingly excited world cannot wait that long, so I will present you a summary.
In effect, the baseball cap is superior in conditions of bright sunlight, as the longer peak shades the eyes. The flat cap is perhaps not as good in these circumstances.
The baseball cap is also superior in that it offers considerably more marketing opportunities.
But when worn during strong winds, the flat cap is far less likely to blow off and is generally warmer.
It also is a more flexible working tool; a leather patch sewn to the top not only makes it waterproof but means that you can use the cap as an impromptu glove or oven-mitt for removing hot dishes from the cooker, or hot irons from the fire prior to placing them on the anvil.
All in all, I would suggest that for the truly practical man, the flat cap is probably the answer.