They are often ignored and derided, sometimes treated as mere packaging and discarded, but the humble hatbox has a long history and is often a piece of social history, and a work of art in its own right.
Got a hatbox or two dozen? Then this is the place to show 'em off. Rare ones and common ones, colourful ones and plain ones - post 'em here and let's see what they tell us about the times they were created, the hats they once carried and the people who took them home from the hatshop.
Yes hat lovers, it's time we honoured the humble hatbox.
Let me make a start:
I recently bought this ancient - and according to Brad Bowers, quite rare - Dobbs top hat box. It contains an antique derby (of unknown origin) rather than its original occupant, but the raised lettering and thick card construction shows that this new (as Dobbs then was) hatmaker was out to make a statement.
At the other end of the spectrum is my newest hatbox - the current Akubra issue.
Righto. Your turn!