Antique Silk Top Hat w Storage Case Superior Manufacture Size 7 1/8 Medium
Brand Poppy's Vintage Clothing
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This is a very nice quality black plush silk top hat stamped on its lining with a coat of arms that reads “Trade Mark Superior Manufacture”. The edge is upturned and lined in black grosgrain silk. The sweatband is made of white leather and the rest of the interior is lined in off-white silk. It comes with two “Moore’s” felt brushes for brushing the plush silk (see photo). The hat has a 55cm size label, but that doesn’t seem right - it should fit a US size 7 1/8” as it measures 22 1/4” around the sweatband, and 7 7/8” by 6 1/4” across the opening. I’m unsure of exact age, but I would guess early 20th century.
The hat is in very good condition except for moisture staining to the lining (see photos). I haven’t tried to clean this, although I think that a professional should be able to eliminate or at least minimize this. Otherwise, the exterior looks very good. The case, however, is dilapidated and not in very good condition, but still can be used to keep the hat unexposed to dust and light.
This is a very nice antique silk top hat - nice quality, excellent style!