Antique French Hotel de Ville Collapsible Top Hat & Box
This wonderful antique collapsible top hat was acquired in France and has all the bells and whistles!
It is manufactured by Royes and from the Hotel de Ville in Paris! I just love the fact that it's from a Parisian hotel!
The top hat, formally known as an opera hat, uses an intricate system of steel springs hidden within the fabric of the hat. This was perfected by 1832.
Made of satin it measures 6-1/2" tall when fully extended. The brim measures 12-1/4" by 10". Gilt manufacturers marks in the interior.
It comes with its original box which does have wear and tear. The hat has a tear on the top and a couple of small ones on the side, but is structurally in superb condition and a fabulous statement piece.
Wear this or use it as a great display piece!