Posted 6 years ago
I picked this Hillgate & Co. leather top hat case, complete with the original top hat, a few years back. I was just amazed at the remarkable condition that this set is in.
The top hat and case were both made in London, England. The set dates back to the late 1800's and, as you can see, there is still part a travel decal from Paris on the top of the case. I cleaned and conditioned the leather case and cleaned and polished the fur felt hat.
While cleaning the case, I found the original key to the case. Though very rusted, I carefully cleaned the key with steel wool and gave it a try. The key and lock work beautifully!!
Thanks for looking!!