The History of The Top Hat
History of the top hat
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The shape can depend on the era in which your top hat was produced.For instance during the Empire period (1800-1850), the hats were much taller and basically straight sided were called 'stovepipe hats'.
My personal preference is for a tall top hat which is fluted getting wider towards the top with a narrow arched base.
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Purchasing a Top Hat can be daunting and there are undoubtedly some people out there ready to rip you off. Before buying one I suggest doing your homework on-line to get an idea of price. The price as I said earlier is mainly affected by size, age , condition and shape. If you know the size you need then eBay / Antique Auctions can be a source of complete bargains. However they are the obvious risks associated with this and if you can afford to splash a little extra then a reputable dealer would be the best choice. The vintage top hat can be a very expensive item but you really can consider it an investment piece of clothing due to its rare nature. If you look after your topper then it can always be sold on when you feel you no longer need it.
There are various guides on-line that can advise you on the proper care of a silk top hat. I would advise that if you need the top hat cleaning then get a professional to 'polish' it. I would also suggest that you buy a leather top hat box if your budget permits or just a hard and cushioned box to protect your hat whilst travelling to your hotel/home whilst at the races.
Even more dangerous is placing it on a chair where the obvious happens and someone sits down, I have seen this on more then one occasion.
There are various places which you can hire / buy Top Hats from some of which are listed below:-