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Man's Hat and Hat Box

Artist/maker unknown, American or Chinese

Made in China, Asia
or United States, North and Central America

Daoguang Period (1821-1850)


Plaited straw. Hat box (not pictured): leather

Hat: 11 7/16 x 7 1/2 inches (29 x 19 cm) Hat Box: 12 3/16 x 10 5/8 inches (31 x 27 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Edward S. Sayres, 1925

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While 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.

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