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Antique Collapsible Top Hat - Dapper Steampunk Victorian GA Dunn & Co Wedding Groom Men's Vintage Fashion - Elegant British Gentleman

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Put on the ritz with this dashing and dapper antique folding top hat! G.A. Dunn & Co. created this hat in their London shop, likely in the early 1900s (I would guess perhaps 1920s, but it could be older: the collapsible top hat was invented in 1812, and Dunn's shop existed at least as early as the 1910s).

This fantastic piece is covered in elegant black (silk?) satin grosgrain that hides the metal apparatus inside. The brim is curled inward at the edges, and where the brim meets the vertical part of the hat, there is a wrap-around ribbon with a smart bow. The hat stores flat, and in order to pop it open, you simply reach inside and exert gentle upward pressure on the top. Dunn's shop information is printed in fancy gold letters on the inside of the hat:

G. A. Dunn & Co. Ltd
Piccadilly Circus
873-4-5, Strand,
54-56, Oxford St,
London.
BRITISH MANUFACTURE

This hat would make a great addition to a steampunk wardrobe, a fantastic costume piece, or a handsome addition to an antique-inspired wedding!

For details on size, condition and shipping, please see below. For more wonderful vintage and antique goodies, visit aquamarinedream.etsy.com! Here are some Victorian and gentleman-inspired listings to get you started:

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https://www.etsy.com/listing/85377374/antique-victorian-pewter-james-yates
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https://www.etsy.com/listing/107800117/antique-victorian-black-silk-ladys


{{Dimensions}}

Inside opening - nearly 8.5 inches long and 6 7/8 inches wide

Full hat, including brim - 12.75 inches long and 10.25 inches wide.

Brim width - 2 inches wide from base of hat to outer edge, measured at the front of the hat.

Opened hat stands about 5 5/8” tall from the base of the central cylinder to the top.

The hat weighs 232 grams.


{{Condition}}

Very good vintage/antique condition. The collapsing mechanism works great (though I do recommend handling it gently, just to keep it in good working order for as long as possible). The hat looks clean; the fabric is in nice condition with minimal signs of wear.

Imperfections:

- There are a few loose stitches at the seam where the side of the hat meets the flat crown (see photo #3 above). The area measures about 1.75 inches. It is inconspicuous.

- On the inside of the hat, there is a little bit of fading/soiling around the bottom of the inner band. This is not visible when hat is being worn.

- Not sure if this is an imperfection, but when I shake the hat, I can hear a slight rattling. All of the metal components inside seem to be operating perfectly well.


{{Shipping}}

I live in Canada, and will be shipping via Canada Post. I apologize for their high rates! I will refund any overcharge on shipping over $1 -- I'm not out to make money on shipping fees.

US BUYERS: I can send this package by Small Packet Surface or Air; Surface mail costs $13 and air mail is $16. Both services include coverage against loss only up to a value of $100 CAD; they do not include tracking. The estimated delivery time is 6 to 12 business days for surface mail, 4 to 10 business days for air.

If you need tracking/full insurance coverage, I will use Expedited mail for this package. This service includes a tracking number and coverage against loss. Prices to the US will be between $23 (Washington) and $29 (Florida). (Please contact me with your zip code if you'd like a price quote for your state, or for multiple items shipped together.) The delivery estimate is 4 to 6 business days. Express and Priority mail are also available for an additional charge.

CANADIAN BUYERS: Expedited parcel post within Canada will be between $10 and $20, depending on your location. This price includes tracking/delivery confirmation, and I will chip in the cost of insurance against loss. Please contact me with your postal code for a more exact quote.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING outside Canada and the US:

I really appreciate your interest, and have had some great transactions with overseas buyers! Sadly, it will be expensive to send this package overseas via Canada Post.

I would consider sending this item overseas by Small Packet Air, which is about $34 to most European countries (Australia would be a couple of dollars more). This is an UNTRACKED service, though, and it offers coverage against loss only up to a value of $100 CAD. This would be at your own risk.

The least expensive tracked option for overseas is Priority Worldwide Pak, which is about $91.31 for the UK and most other European countries ($91.98 for Australia). On the bright side, this service is quite fast; Canada Post guarantees a 4-business-day delivery time to most overseas destinations (though this guarantee does not include any time the package might spend in a customs holdup).

More good news: If you buy multiple items, I can combine several smaller/lighter items in the same box for little or no additional charge. Please contact me for a price quote if you'd like to know what multiple items would cost.

Antique Collapsible Top Hat - Dapper Steampunk Victorian GA Dunn & Co Wedding Groom Men's Vintage Fashion - Elegant British Gentleman

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: silk, fabric, metal, antique, vintage
  • Feedback: 193 reviews
  • Ships from Victoria, Canada to select countries.
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