Toppers Unite

Discussion in 'Hats' started by Garrett, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. Garrett

    Garrett My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    I searched (briefly) for tophat threads and found only 4 title threads with not much info. So, can we start a tophat thread that will match the larger threads (homburg nation, etc)

    I'll start:

    Here's a nice old Bell Curve that I've had for just over a year;

    Carrying Case:

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  2. Garrett

    Garrett My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    And...what was in the case:

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  3. Tango Yankee

    Tango Yankee Call Me a Cab

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    Looks like you've got yourself quite a nice one, Garrett!

    I've toyed with the idea of trying to obtain one, but my experience has been that the ones that come up tend to be on the smaller side and if they're in decent shape at all tend to get rather pricey. :( As they're not something that can be worn on a regular basis (well, at least something that I wouldn't be able to bring myself to wear on a regular basis) I've not pressed the issue.

    I could be wrong, but I think I may not be alone in feeling this way. I do, however, look forward to seeing the top hats other members may own!

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  4. Garrett

    Garrett My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    You'll find one at some point, TY. So far, no posts from the others with their toppers so I'll show some photos of my only other:

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  5. The Elizans

    The Elizans Familiar Face

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    Lincoln Bennett 'Standard' Quality Topper cerca early 30's

    Hello,

    I actually love toppers! I wouldn't wear one in the day; a bowler creates enough commotion when I wear one, but a couple of times a year at university events where one can courageously step out in white tie, the topper is just the perfect titfer! This one belonged to G.H.L (George Herbert Leek) from whom I own three hats. This topper is an exquisite ‘Standard Quality’ silk model from renowned English maker, Lincoln Bennett. It makes me wonder what their top of the range topper must have been like- WOW! (N.B:I have the box too, although very tatty.)

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  6. Garrett

    Garrett My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Very nice indeed. Let's see a photo of that box then shall we?
     
  7. I have a 1920s French beaver-finish one to post which i picked up at a stall in summer 2008, but haven't got any pictures yet. A massive 6.5" crown and truly fantastic bell curve make it a wonderful hat to own. With its original box!

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  8. The Elizans

    The Elizans Familiar Face

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    Dunn & Co Opera Hat c.1930's

    Before this thread goes too far, I thought I'd introduce the opera hat for those who are new to the world of top hats. The Opera or 'Gibus' as it is sometimes referred is an ingenious collapsing top hat held erect by a wire frame and springs. In can be squashed flat, ideal in busy opera house/theatre cloak rooms or conveniently placed under a seat during a performance. Pushing the centre of the hat from the inside instantly makes that hat re-form with a delightful pop!

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  9. The Elizans

    The Elizans Familiar Face

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    I'm afraid neither the hat nor the box are with me at the moment; I will update this page when we are next reunited!
     
  10. metropd

    metropd One Too Many

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    Garrett, That top hat is in my opinion the nicest hat I have EVER seen on the fedoralounge!!!!:eusa_clap :eusa_clap :eusa_clap :eusa_clap :eusa_clap:eusa_clap :eusa_clap:eusa_clap :eusa_clap :eusa_clap
     
  11. metropd

    metropd One Too Many

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    Here is my Dunlap and Co.

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  12. KeyGrip

    KeyGrip A-List Customer

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    Has anybody tried (or even seen in person) Akubra's top hat?
     
  13. I've only seent the Akubra top hat on websites. The signs are not good.

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  14. Anders

    Anders One of the Regulars

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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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  15. LordBest

    LordBest Practically Family

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    Zehme Top Hat/Zylinder c1900

    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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  16. metropd

    metropd One Too Many

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    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.;)

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  17. AEH

    AEH One of the Regulars

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    My top hat

    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.

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    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")
     
  18. the_imperialist

    the_imperialist Familiar Face

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    Garret I applaud you for starting this thread, for me nothing quite beats a topper :eusa_clap

    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:

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    Dont have a lovely companion as Metropd has though...sigh.

    regards,
    the imperialist

    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?
     
  19. Garrett

    Garrett My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Thanks!
     
  20. Johnnysan

    Johnnysan One Too Many

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    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! :(

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