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SOLD -- Early 1900s Dunlap and Co Silk Faille Collapsible Opera/Top Hat with Leather Box

$ 425.00

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Collapsible top hats first came en vogue in 1812 thanks to London hatter Thomas Dollman. In his original design, the hat folded down with the help of elastic. 

In the 1840s, Antoine Gibus improved upon the design by creating a spring-loaded mechanism that allowed the hat to flatten and then "snap" back into shape (the sound later became known as "the chapeau claque").

These collapsible top hats or opera hats (named such due to the practice of storing them in a flattened state beneath one's theater seat) remained popular through the 1930s and were often featured in a number of Hollywood films at the time. 

This hat is an exquisite example of turn of the century millinery work at its finest. Fashioned in a beautiful black silk faille, this hat is spring loaded and collapses and opens with ease. It is made by Dunlap and Co, a highly respected and high quality hat company of the era. The lining has gold initials J.D.F. for the original owner. 

This hat does not come with its original box, but it does come with a beautiful early 1900s leather hat box made by Dickerson and Co of Detroit, Michigan. This box is a display piece in and of itself! 


Crown: 5.75"

Brim: 1.75"

Size: 7 1/8 (22.25")

Label: Dunlap and Co. 

Condition: Very Good

There is very slight wear around the top edge of the crown. There are wrinkles in the silk from being collapsed. This could easily be steamed out. There are also a few tiny picks in the silk near the top and on the underside of the brim. There is a 2-inch long shred in the lining, which does not affect the outside of the hat. Priced accordingly. 


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