QUAERITUR: Spanish biretta

Do any of you know where I can get one of these?

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  1. mcitl says:

    And why, pray tell, do you WANT one of those?

    Is that a Roman style? Is the more familiar “fin” style a vestigial version of the beretta pictured here or vice versa?

    Buona Domenica!

  2. Gorgasal says:

    The picture has a watermark: http://www.dieter-philippi.de/

    Mr. Philippi collects ecclesiastical headgear. There’s a contact form here: http://www.dieter-philippi.de/mydante_1600.html

    Why don’t you just contact him? The german fields should be clear enough, at least the necessary ones.

  3. Nick says:

    The biretta appears to be in the Spanish style. The Archdiocese of Toledo should be able to assist.

  4. ckdexterhaven says:

    You could go out in the woods and try to find a black and white porcupine….

  5. Emilio III says:

    I don’t know where to find one, but would just like to comment that it is almost certainly black rather than gray.

  6. Little Black Sambo says:

    Is it associated with some particular university or college? – in which case you might not be entitled to wear it.

  7. Little Black Sambo says:

    Is is associated with a particular university or college? – in which case you might not be entitled to wear it.

  8. Julian Large says:

    I got one a few years ago from a shop called “Uniforms of Madrid”, in Madrid

  9. Fr Ray Blake says:

    Toledo used to have a good men’s hat shop, but I think it has closed.

    There is a shop near the Cathedral in Madrid, which sells military and ecclesiastical uniforms, that’s your best bet, can’t remember its name.

    But why do you want one? Does a non-Spaniard have a right/rite to it.

    A local Anglican Church here in Brighton used to wear the Spanish birreta, for Spanish saints.

  10. Fr. BJ says:

    The Mexicans have a funny name for this kind of biretta, which I guess was common at one point there (naturally, I suppose). It has something to do with the kind of bonnet that women who worked with chili peppers wore. It’s funny in Spanish but I can’t remember it now.

    When I suggested to some folks in my hispanic community here that I might wear my cassock and biretta some time, or my black chasuble for All Souls Day, they looked at me like I had three heads! They were more shocked than a lot of Americans are about that kind of stuff. Too bad. I can’t wait to see how they respond should I ever decide to wear them! I’ll have to teach about it some, I suppose.

  11. Michael Fudge says:

    Here is a picture of a child’s Mass playset with the Biretta.

    Child’s Mass Set

  12. Michael Fudge says:

    Well, the link didn’t really work. So here it is again:


  13. José L. says:

    Hello, sorry for my bad English. This Spanish biretta is named BONETE FOR PRIESTS.

    I know two shops:

    Plaza Mayor, 30. 28012 Madrid, Spain.
    Phone (Spain): 91 366 50 84.
    Web: http://www2.casayustas.com/

    Plaza Corrillo, 11. 37002 Salamanca, Spain.
    Phone 923 266 783.
    Web: http://www.sombrereria.net/

    There is not pics from the “bonete” in this webs, but they make them on order.
    Best regards from Una Voce Málaga, Spain.

  14. Interesting information! Would that amazon had it in their database!

  15. RichR says:

    This looks like it’d be hard to hold compared to a regular biretta. I bet it’d get used a couple of times and then get lost in the sacristy closet.

  16. José, you never cease to amaze me. He’s packed with information.

    José, nunca dejas de asombrarme. Tienes toda la información…


  17. josephus muris saliensis says:

    there are several such spanish bonete (in private ownership) in London. Ask long enough, Father, and someone might give you one!

  18. José L. says:

    Gracias, Manrique.
    Thanks !

  19. Tina in Ashburn says:

    Hope your grip is good. This biretta looks mighty slippery.

  20. Tom says:

    I tried Casa Yusta, and the one they had was not very well made (I thought).

    I have been on a mission for this for a priest friend for a couple of years. Perhaps the other hatshop or the suggestion of the Archdiocese of Toledo would be good ideas.

  21. JBD says:

    I believe Gammarelli carries them. I know an English priest who bought his Spanish biretta from them. If not,
    1. simply bake a chocolate souffle, after thirty minutes baking time, check if done and slam the oven door very, very hard, and very, very loud!

    2. attach pom-pon.

  22. Janet says:

    I can’t resist this any longer: the first moment I looked at this biretta, I thought I was seeing a Tribble sitting on some futuristic looking chair out of Star Trek. And almost fell out of my own chair laughing.
    Forgive me Fr. Z….

  23. Janet: That is actually pretty funny!

  24. Probably one needs to have the same color of hair in order to wear one of those (gray) birettas ;-)

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