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Jack Sparrow's hat.

"Also, did you notice my hat? Isn't it excellent?"
Jack Sparrow to Billy Turner[src]

This tricorne hat was one key part of Captain Jack Sparrow's trademark appearance. It was a black tricorn with faded leather that had been scorched by the Caribbean sun and beaten by harsh sea winds. The black tricorn was battered and faded, but it still served Jack well. Practical as well as decorative, Jack held a high value on it, and was rarely parted from it.


Acquiring the Hat

"'Meet Arabella at this spot at dusk, in order to commandeer boat, find Sword of Cortes, eliminate Captain Torniquet, acquire the perfect hat, become Captain, rule entire Caribbean, live Happily Ever After'."
Fitzwilliam P. Dalton III reading Jack Sparrow's cloth[src]

Even when as a teenager, one of the things that Jack Sparrow wanted was a good hat, as he stated in his Captain's Log onboard the Barnacle. On one occasion, he obtained the hat of the dead pirate captain Stone-Eyed Sam. He wore that hat for a short time until he lost it to a trader on the docks of Isla Puerta in a wager over the ability of sea turtles to support human beings in open water.[1]

Following his teenage adventures, Jack returned to Shipwreck Island and acquired a new tricorne. He lost that hat when he helped Christophe-Julien de Rapièr and his rogue pirates in escaping from the island. When he became an officer of the East India Trading Company, he wore the elegant tricorne, but he lost that hat when he was arrested for liberating a cargo of slaves.[2]

Shortly after he returned to piracy and sailed for Shipwreck Island, Jack obtained a black tricorne. Jack's hat was practical as well as decorative: Jack filled it with cool fresh water to drink at wells and had trapped deadly scorpions in its domed crown. The faded leather would have been scorched by Caribbean sun and beaten by harsh sea winds.[3]

Port Royal

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Jack Sparrow wearing his hat in Fort Charles prison.

"Commodore Norrington, my effects please! And my hat."
Jack Sparrow to James Norrington[src]

Jack was wearing this hat when he arrived at Port Royal onboard the sinking Jolly Mon. Prior to his rescue of Elizabeth Swann, who had fallen from the battlements of Fort Charles into the sea, he left the hat and his "effects" in the care of Mullroy and Murtogg, instructing them not to lose them. After Commodore James Norrington had Sparrow arrested, Jack took Elizabeth hostage and negotiated the return of his effects, specifically mentioning his hat, before making his escape. Hiding in a blacksmith's shop, Jack left his hat on a table while he removed his manacles. After Jack was ultimately knocked unconscious by John Brown, and then incarcerated in the Fort Charles prison, he was permitted to keep his hat with him inside the cell, from which he escaped with the help of Will Turner the next day.[4]

When Jack was captured by Hector Barbossa's cursed crew, he left his hat and coat on board the Black Pearl, and didn't retrieve them until after Joshamee Gibbs and his crew picked him up following his failed execution at the fort. Cotton handed Jack his hat, as the captain once more assumed command of his ship.[4]

Dead Man's Chest

Lost and Found

Kraken hat

Jack's hat after being spat out by the Kraken.

"Jack's hat! Bring her about!"
"No! No! Leave it!
Joshamee Gibbs and Jack Sparrow[src]

A year later, during Jack Sparrow's brush with Davy Jones, Jack the monkey grabbed Sparrow's hat and threw it overboard. To the surprise of his crew, Jack was willing to abandon the hat, such was his desperation to find land and avoid the Kraken. The hat was later picked up by a Turkish fishing boat, which was summarily targeted and destroyed by the Kraken. The tricorne was consumed amid the wreckage. When the Kraken finally caught up with Jack off Isla Cruces, it spat out the hat. Jack then picked it up, got rid of some of the slime off it, and put it on before heroically facing down the Kraken onboard the Black Pearl. It remained with him when he was dragged to the crushing depths of Davy Jones' Locker.[5]

A Pirate Lord's Hat


Jack before giving Gibbs his hat.

"Mr. Gibbs."
"You may throw my hat, if you like."
"Aye, aye Cap'n. Hooray!"
"...Now go and get it.
Jack Sparrow and Joshamee Gibbs[src]

Though he was trapped in Davy Jones' Locker, Jack Sparrow still wore his hat while aboard the Black Pearl, trying to escape with the help of his crew. He did not wear his hat when he tipped the ship, or when he went to meet with Lord Cutler Beckett aboard the Endeavour. In addition, Jack chose not to wear his hat during the meeting of the Fourth Brethren Court, perhaps to reveal his piece of eight. However, Jack did lose his hat when he was taken prisoner aboard the Flying Dutchman. After escaping the brig, Jack went to get his effects, including his hat, which he wore for the entire battle around Calypso's maelstrom. When the battle was over, Jack allowed Joshamee Gibbs to throw his hat in the air for the celebration, before ordering him to go get it. Jack still wore his hat when he was wooing wenches Scarlett and Giselle and upon finding that Hector Barbossa stole the Black Pearl once again. Sailing on his dinghy, Jack continued wearing his hat as he began his voyage to find the Fountain of Youth.[6]



Jack putting on his hat in London.

Jack Sparrow after retrieving his hat from a horse[src]

When Jack Sparrow arrived to London to save Joshamee Gibbs from the gallows, he left his hat on a horse outside the Old Bailey where Gibbs was being held on trial. After Jack retrieved it from the horse, the hat remained with him throughout his time in London. Jack wore it during his meeting with King George in St. James's Palace as well as his escape through London's streets, where he would be reunited with his father, Captain Teague. He also wore it in the Captain's Daughter pub, where he talked to Teague as well as fighting against an imposter, revealed to be Angelica, and the King's guards. But when Jack and Angelica escaped from the guards through a trap door that led to the River Thames, the hat was once again lost.[7] It is unknown if Jack would ever reunite with the hat.


Any self-respecting pirate captain feels naked without his hat; Jack Sparrow was no exception. This battered and faded leather black tricorn had been scorched by the Caribbean sun and beaten by harsh sea winds, but still served him well over the years. It was practical as well as decorative: he had filled it with cool fresh water to drink at wells and trapped deadly scorpions in its domed crown.[3]

Behind the Scenes

"I traded for you fair and square -- Two willing brides, four limbs intact and possessed of all their faculties, in exchange for a hat traded to -- a certain unnamed captain."
"A hat? He gave me up for a hat?"
"It was a very nice hat.
Auctioneer and Giselle[src] (screenplay draft)
  • The tricorne used in The Curse of the Black Pearl was lost after filming.
  • Several different tricornes were used during the filming of Dead Man's Chest and At World's End. There are a few differences between them. For example, one had additional thread holes, which was used during the Davy Jones' Locker scene. In addition some of the hats had different sized holes and the hat was more of a brown color than black. A completely different hat was used for the filming of On Stranger Tides.
  • The Disney Adventures comics often changed the color of Jack Sparrow's hat, most often showing him wearing a brown ticorne.
  • In a deleted scene from At World's End, titled "Two Captains, One Ship", "Jack" the Monkey wore this hat until Jack Sparrow took it from him. After briefly fanning himself with his hat, Jack put it back on his head.
  • Although Tales of the Code: Wedlocked never showed this, the short film's script revealed that Jack Sparrow traded Scarlett and Giselle in exchange for "a very nice hat" to the Auctioneer. However, as it was not revealed if this happened or not, it is unknown if it is canon or not.
  • Jack Sparrow is seen least with his hat in Dead Man's Chest (due to it being swallowed by the Kraken) and On Stranger Tides (due to losing it in the River Thames).


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