As the two paused on the door-step, before taking a turn in the garden, the front garden gate was thrown open with violence, and a young man with a billycock hat on the back of his head tumbled up the steps in his eagerness.
The young man in the billycock, who did not seem to be gifted with any tact in dealing with people beyond the general idea of clutching hold of their coats, stood outside the door, as dazed as if he had been thrown out bodily, and silently watched the other three walk away together through the garden.
He rapidly unlocked the door and locked it again behind him, just balking a blundering charge from the young man in the billycock.
It showed nothing less than his big friend Flambeau in an attitude to which he had long been unaccustomed, while upon the pathway at the bottom of the steps was sprawling with his boots in the air the amiable Atkinson, his billycock hat and walking cane sent flying in opposite directions along the path.
His first half-hour is occupied in trying to decide whether to wear his light suit with a cane and drab billycock, or his black tails with a chimney-pot hat and his new umbrella.
I look in the glass sometimes at my two long, cylindrical bags (so picturesquely rugged about the knees), my stand-up collar and billycock hat, and wonder what right I have to go about making God's world hideous.
He looked hard at me from under the broken brim of a battered billycock
I beg that you will look upon it not as a battered billycock
but as an intellectual problem.
Notice that most of the men are wearing flat caps, but some are still wearing billycocks
COVENTRY Watch Museum is appealing for bowler hats - or Billycocks
, as they were sometimes called - and waistcoats, as along with aprons this was the dress code of the watchmakers of Coventry from the 1850s through to 1915, when their skills were then deployed into munitions.
It was dedicated to guests, and knew mostly old gentlemen with grey beards in tweed suits, who cleared their throats with a note of authority; but occasionally there were beautiful young women in tight riding-habits, sometimes bowler hats, sometimes billycocks
, with white or black veils to protect fair skins from sun or flies.