Man's Hat

Artist/maker unknown, American

Made in United States, North and Central America


Black fur felt

Height: 8 1/4 inches (21 cm) Brim (diameter): 13 inches (33.0 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. William D. Frishmuth, 1912

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While this early to mid-century example appears extreme, top hats in a tremendous variety of shapes were the headgear of choice for respectable and fashionable men throughout the nineteenth century. The high-crowned, cylindrical style was usually black, although light colors were worn during the day. Silk plush versions were the shiniest, often made of felted beaver fur, rabbit fur, or wool, with a rough or smooth finish. Plaited straw was also used for informal summer wear.