Costume and Textiles
Man's Hat and Hat BoxMade in China, Asia
or United States, North and Central America
Artist/maker unknown, American or Chinese
Plaited straw. Hat box (not pictured): leather
Currently not on view
1925-28-6a,bGift of Mrs. Edward S. Sayres, 1925
LabelWhile this early nineteenth 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.