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Top Hat

ca. 1950 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Top hat of grey felt with a hat band of fine black wool. Lined with ivory coloured silk and the crown is printed with the hatter’s label.

The inner hat band is of buff leather with the initials ‘H L T’ punched into it. Inside this band are two paper labels, one giving the size 6 ¾ and the other is a printed pink stamp indicating that the hat is Union made by the Felt hatters and Trimmers Unions. The number 1982 is also printed inside this band.


Object details

Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Felt lined with silk, and leather and wool
Brief description
Top hat of felt with a hat band of wool, Thomas Townend & Co., London, ca. 1950
Physical description
Top hat of grey felt with a hat band of fine black wool. Lined with ivory coloured silk and the crown is printed with the hatter’s label.

The inner hat band is of buff leather with the initials ‘H L T’ punched into it. Inside this band are two paper labels, one giving the size 6 ¾ and the other is a printed pink stamp indicating that the hat is Union made by the Felt hatters and Trimmers Unions. The number 1982 is also printed inside this band.
Dimensions
  • Crown height: 5.25in
  • Crown height: 13.5cm
Size 6 3/4 The box this hat is contained in measures 37.5 x 37.5 x 26cms (height)
Marks and inscriptions
  • 'Established 1778 / Thos. Townend & Co / Lime St / London / Made in England' (Printed on the crown, hatter's label)
  • 'H L T' (Punched on the inner hat band)
Credit line
Given by Miss Penny Locke
Collection
Accession number
T.208-1984

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Record createdJune 24, 2009
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