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Top hat

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1875-1899 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    William Pittock (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk plush, faced with felt, bound with silk ribbon, leather, lined with satin

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Miss E. J. Bowden

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Top hat made of black silk plush. Medium high and tapers very slightly towards the crown. The convexity of the crown is very slight. The brim is narrow and curved up at the sides. It is faced on the underside with felt and bound with black silk ribbon. The band is wide and made of black felt. The hat band is of beige leather with a white silk ribbon for adjustment. The crown is lined with white satin and the top with white watered silk on which is printed the Royal coats of arms and a shield shaped motif within which is printed 'Wm. PITTOCK, tailor and hatter, DEAL'.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1875-1899 (made)


William Pittock (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silk plush, faced with felt, bound with silk ribbon, leather, lined with satin

Marks and inscriptions

'Wm. PITTOCK, tailor and hatter, DEAL'
Printed in a shield shaped motif on silk lining


Height: 190 mm, Width: 99 mm, Depth: 225 mm

Descriptive line

Top hat made of silk plush, made by William Pittock, England, 1875-1899


Silk plush


Textiles; Men's clothes; Accessories; Hats & headwear; Leather; Europeana Fashion Project; Interiors; Household objects; Shekou; Values of Design; Design Society


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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