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You might imagine a top hat with a movie player inside, but this is reality. The celebrated Chapeau-a-trope.

This is a leather top hat with an illuminated motorized praxinoscope. The praxinoscope was the next generation in moving picture technology after the zoetrope. It features six mirrored surfaces reflecting six images on a revolving cylinder that appear to move when the cylinder is set in motion. The switch in the bottom of the hat powers a battery operated motor that turns the cylinder and illumines two bulbs. There is a lens that magnifies the mirrors. The lens has a velvet-lined lens cover that swings from a brass boss and is affixed with studs at the front and rear. The hat is light enough to be worn at length and it will continue to operate while moving, walking, or doffing it to ladies.

The photos do the dramatic effect no justice, but here's a Youtube link that gives you an idea of how it looks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F10naIvThM4

The hat is shaped leather, entirely hand-stitiched. I offer many options for color and finish, but the crown needs to be at least 7 1/2 inches to accomodate the mechanism.

You will not be disappointed.

Steampunk Victorian Leather Top Hat with Zoetrope Praxinoscope Movie Player

$499.00 USD
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Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: leather, silk, brass, electronics, glass
  • Made to order
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 10 reviews
  • Favorited by: 285 people

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