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Antique Grey Felt Top Hat By Scott & Co C1920

Antique Grey Felt Top Hat By Scott & Co C1920

Antique Grey Felt Top Hat By Scott & Co C1920


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An excellent quality antique grey felt top hat by Scott & Co, 1 Bond Street, Piccadilly, Circa 1920 in date.

The hat has classic styling and features the Royal Warrant By Appointment with the Coat of Arms crest to the inside advising that Scott & Co were Hatters to HM The King and The Royal Family.  Also bearing the Royal Warrant  impressed in gold lettering to the inside of the rim. Most importantly it bears the label  'Extra Quality' which indicates to the buyer that it is of the highest quality available.

It comes complete with the original  cardboard box the label of the retailer James Lock & Co.

In excellent condition. As antique items, the pieces show very minor signs of use commensurate with age.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 29 x Width 36 x Depth 20

Height 15 x Width 16 x Depth 20 - Internal size

Dimensions in inches:

Height 11 inches x Width 1 foot, 2 inches x Depth 8 inches

Height 6 inches x Width 6 inches x Depth 8 inches - Internal size

The top hat dominated the 19th century and when it was first seen in London it was said to have caused a riot.
The perpetrator was haberdasher John Hetherington, who designed it, made it, and was the first person to wear it into the street.  According to a newspaper account,  passerby's panicked at the sight.  Several women fainted, children screamed, and an errand boy's arm was broken when he was trampled by the mob.
Hetherington was taken to court for wearing “a tall structure having a shining luster calculated to frighten timid people.”  Hetherington had concocted a silk-covered variation of the contemporary riding hat, which had a wider brim, a lower crown, and was made of beaver.  There was some initial resistance but in 1850 Prince Albert started wearing top hats made of “hatter's plush” (a fine silk shag) and that settled any questions, it was now the century of The Top Hat.
Men wore top hats for business, pleasure, and formal occasions - pearl grey for daytime and black for day or night.
The height and contour of the hat fluctuated with the decades.  By 1902 the top hat was nearing the end of its century long primacy and was soon to be replaced by the more compact Homburg.
Now, the top hat is a piece of history, not really a part of the contemporary wardrobe despite its occasional uses.


W36.0 x H29.0 x D20.0 cm



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