A bowler hat or 'hard knocker.'

A hard knocker is a bowler hat.

Examples in New Zealand literatureEdit

From Frank Sargeson's short story "Conversation with my Uncle."

  • "My uncle wears a hard knocker. His wife put him up to it."
  • "We don't want a world full of dead men walking about in hard knockers."


Sargeson, Frank. "Conversation with my Uncle." A Man and His Wife/ Christchurch: The Caxton press, 1940. 39-40.

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