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This is a highly collectible, antique original Welton Black Silk Fur Top Hat. These hats replaced the beaver hat and were considered vogue from the mid 1800‘s thru 1910. It comes with a leather covered hat box.

This hat would make a nice vintage gift, use it as an accent in a room with antique decor, it would make a nice addition to a hat collection or wear it at a reenactment.

The hat is made of silk weave and measures 6½ inches tall, is a size 7 with stiff brim, curved up on the sides. This top hat is made of hatters' plush, a soft silk weave with a length defined nap. This is very rare now, since it is no longer in general production, and it is thought that there are no looms capable of producing the traditional material any more. (info on Wikipedia)

This hat is in worn vintage condition. Solid and firm construction with most wear to the sharp edges, grosgrain ribbon band and the ribbon binding around the brim. The underside of the fabric that covers the brim shows signs of moth damage. The sweat band looks good but is stiff and brittle. The inside of the hat is lined with brown paper except for the flat top portion which is lined with brown fabric and bears the name “WELTON” “HATTER” stamped in gold. There is also some other information but it’s covered over with a printed label that reads: “P. J. BUELL, EVERYTHING IN BULIDING MATERIALS, UNION CITY MICHIGAN. This hat still has wonderful eye appeal with a lot of wear left in it.

The leather covered hat box has a very early 1900s, BUFFALO (N.Y.) customs label attached to the bottom. Part of the label is missing. The hat box is made of solid heavy cardboard construction covered in leather. The leather is brittle, extremely cracked, pealing and worn as if it could have been in or near extreme heat, but no smoke smell. The strap on the backside is broken. The inside of the box is lined with white cotton fabric with blue stripes which has foxing and stains.

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Top Hat Antique Black Silk Fur Vintage Mans Edwardian with Leather Case


  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
  • Materials: silk fur, leather, grosgrain, fabric, paper, cardboard, parchment
  • Ships worldwide from Michigan, United States
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