Capotain is a category of the ‘Sugarloaf hat.’ It has a high but slightly slender crown and a wide brim. The top of the crown has evolved over time from round to flat. It is also known as a Pilgrim hat. At times, the crown also has a conical shape, i.e., the circumference goes on decreasing with the height.
The true Capotain doesn’t have a front buckle, and it is said to be the predecessor of the Top Hat; however, unlike the Top Hat, Capotain’s crown is placed at the center of the hat with and the brim is much wider.
It was a key part of the Puritan attire in England and was very popular in the English Civil War and the Commonwealth period.