and on my head.
and on my head.
Has anybody tried (or even seen in person) Akubra's top hat?
Mostly hat, but the few cattle I do have are of substantial quality.
I've only seent the Akubra top hat on websites. The signs are not good.
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Don't believe my avatar, top hats are right on the edge of my social comfort zone. I'm fine in a fedora, and usually in a bowler or homburg, but I just don't think I could pull off a topper outside a very special event. With this in mind I've eyed them curiously, but never seriously.
Metropd, I like your example. Show us more photos of top hats in practical wear!
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Here is mine, manufactured by Johann Zehme around 1900, the Royal hatters to the Kings of Bavaria, still in existence today (thanks Dreispitz). I have been in contact with Zehme and they have confirmed the date as 'around 1900' though they can not be more specific unfortunately. It has a gorgeous look and feel to it. 7 1/4 by the American standard.
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Originally Posted by Anders
I wear mine quite often. here are some pics of me wearing it. I feel very confident when I wear my top hat. That's why I never have any problems on the street. It does however draw a lot of attention here in San Diego. Hopefully in London it would be easier to fit in with crowd. I was actually on a date where I purposely dressed down and my date asked If I wanted to got out to eat and to please wear my top hat. The top hat bestows that inward tranquility that Emerson spoke of. Then again at times I can be a bit of a dandy.
This top hat is much too small for me to wear, but it looks nice on my hat rack, and it is also a piece of local hat history.
Made by Christys' of London for our last local hat shop, which closed sometime in the 1990's.
Must have been made before 1930, when the city name was changed to Trondheim, but it looks older to me.
Not shure of the material, but I suppose it is silk plush. (In Norwegian a top hat is called "flosshatt", which translate to "plush hat")
Garret I applaud you for starting this thread, for me nothing quite beats a topper
Here's my contribution, its a German hat from a Stuttgart hat-maker, much more modern than all your fine examples I'm guess-timating late 30's or 40's?
Dont really have a good photo of the hat, but here's it in action:
Dont have a lovely companion as Metropd has though...sigh.
edit: concerning hat-containers for toppers, I've noticed that continentals appears to prefer paper ones whilst american and british have sturdier leather cases, does anyone seem to spot this, or is it a time-period thing?
Originally Posted by metropd
Boy, I got vision, and the rest of the world wears bifocals.
I find that with toppers or any other "stiff" hat, I need to size up a bit. I finally found a very nice one in a size that fits and at a price that I could afford.
It is marked "Hughes & Stewart Hatters" which was located at 10th and Pine Street in St. Louis. I especially like the Mason's emblem which is visible in the liner.
I believe the topper is made of silk plush and with the exception of a tiny bald spot on the crown and two small nips in the underside of the silk brim, the hat is pristine.
Sadly, not too many opportunities to wear it!
"Who needs hair when you've got a sweet hat?"