Toppers Unite

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

  1. alanfgag

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    I haven't met a gibus frame that didn't collapse successfully, but of course caution would be prudent if you try it. There is not much need unless your local opera house demands that hats be collapsed when checked. 8^) If and when you do collapse the mechanism you will understand why the kid sweatband is constructed in the way that it is. The silk and leather is a one piece sleeve to allow it to fold into the mechanism predictably and return to shape when opened. It is really quite an interesting invention - from the 1840s I believe and in use for a century.

    My opera hats have the same tapered form and fit small for the size. They are also quite heavy with the steel framework which adds to the odd sense of balance on the head. I have yet to wear one outside the house. Waiting for the right invitation!
     
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  2. TheOldFashioned

    TheOldFashioned Practically Family

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    I had to look up gibus which eventually led me to a site that included a drawing from Gabriel Gibus' patent. Quite an ingenuitive design.

    We don't have a local opera house in my city though we do have a symphony. My wife and I used to attend semi-regularly, and we even dressed up a bit more for opening night of the season. I'll have to dig my tux out of storage now that I have a proper hat to go with it. (Edit: After some more reading this appears to be somewhat incorrect usage. Removing foot from mouth.) I'm also thinking I might try wearing the hat around the Christmas holiday season with my winter overcoat.
     
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  3. Steve1857

    Steve1857 My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Hopefully, I'm starting the next generation of top hat lovers and wearers. A pre-Christmas present to my youngest daughter .[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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  4. Rmccamey

    Rmccamey One Too Many

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    Looks like a smashing good time, Steve. You are teaching your youngest some of the finer things in life! Merry Christmas to you both.

     
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  5. deadlyhandsome

    deadlyhandsome I'll Lock Up

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    Your photos made me smile. Thank you; you both look great!


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  6. Steve1857

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    Thanks, Randy. The same to you, my friend

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  7. Steve1857

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    Thank you, Brent. Glad we brightened your day

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  8. steur

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    Very cool pics. Don't think dad can be any more pleased.
     
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  9. alanfgag

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    Daughters and hats... definitely the best!
     
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  10. Steve1857

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    Ain't that the truth

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  11. PanosChris

    PanosChris One of the Regulars

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    Scheduled appointment today before work has resulted in this one [​IMG]
    Quite unsure if I can pull it off but I needed to have one, I think... well FL is a great place :)

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  12. Steve1857

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    Oh my, man, you pull it off so well. Fantastic casual look with a formal topper, Panos. Looks great. Can we see the inside? Where did you catch it?

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  13. steur

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    It is a good looking one. Congrats on that catch, Panos.
     
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  14. PanosChris

    PanosChris One of the Regulars

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    Thanks guys, much appreciated. It came from local hunting Steve. Condition is great [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Local maker too but no more info for the time being. Need to do my homework on it :) [​IMG]

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  15. Steve1857

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    An absolutely perfect find, Panos. Congrats. I hope you find some more info about Ulness Hatter of Oslo. My guess would be that it was made by someone else and the hatter had their name put on it. It's not unusual, and it in no way detracts from the quality of that wonderful silk top hat. Glad you found one, my friend. I believe it was meant to be

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