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    Posted 8 years ago

    jscott0363
    (653 items)

    I just acquired this beautiful Sinclair & Co. of London beaver silk top hat and leather covered top hat trunk. The trunk is in really nice condition. You just rarely see one with the handle and lid holder strap still intact. But this one has all of those and I jumped at the opportunity to buy it.

    The beaver silk top hat is in near mint condition. I did have to clean the trunk, condition the leather, polish the brass as well as brush and polish the top hat.

    I know nothing about this top hat and trunk as I have been unsuccessful at finding anything related to Sinclair & Co. of London on the internet. Going by the style of the top hat and the hat trunk itself, I do believe this would have been made in London around the late 1800's.
    If anyone has any information on this, in regards to how old it is and anything about Sinclair & Co., I truly would appreciate it very much!

    Thanks!!
    Scott

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    Comments

    1. trunkman trunkman, 8 years ago
      Really awesome -- I have not come across any of these -- very nice find...
    2. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 years ago
      Thanks Trunkman!! I've really gotten into these within the past couple of years. When I saw the nice condition f this set at a bargain price, I snatched it up as quickly as possible! Something about these really old top hat trunks and top hats is really intriguing to me.
    3. SEAN68 SEAN68, 8 years ago
      beautiful!!
    4. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 years ago
      Thanks Sean!!
    5. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 years ago
      Thanks vetraio50 for the love!
    6. Jewels Jewels, 8 years ago
      Wonderful Scott!
    7. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 years ago
      Thanks Julie!! My top hat collection is growing. Running out of places to put them.
    8. Jewels Jewels, 8 years ago
      Key word: Stackable! :)
    9. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 years ago
      Thanks Cindy!!
    10. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 years ago
      Jewels, I'm gonna have to do like Trunkman and Drill and do trunk stack of my own!! But, in my opinion, that's a good thing!! It just means my collection is becoming more and more complete.
    11. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 years ago
      Thanks
      Trunkman
      blunderbuss2
      officialfuel
      aghcollect
      Jewels
      CindB
      Dan121156
      walksoftly
      and Sean for the loves!!
    12. Kydur Kydur, 8 years ago
      I so want it! I've been looking for an affordable top hat for a while - I haven't even come across an unaffordable one... congrats on having a collection of them!

      I'm really curious what you paid for something like this; care to divulge? Or put another way: hypothetically speaking, what would one expect to pay for something like this?!

      But the most important question of all: does it fit?
    13. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 years ago
      Kydur, Men tended to be a little smaller back in the 1800s than we are today. So, to answer that question, no, the hat is slightly small for me.
      I managed to get this one for under $100USD. However, I've seen this exact set, not in near as good of condition, for as much as $400USD or more.
      There are some of these out there that are very affordable if you catch them at the right time. So, it has taken me about 3 years just to find the few that I have.
    14. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 years ago
      Thanks pops52 and Kydur for the loves!!
    15. Kydur Kydur, 8 years ago
      Thanks for the info Scott, excellent price - I would've scooped it as well, although it would cost a bit more these days in $CAD.

      I'm gonna keep looking and never give up! Although I'll probably also end up trying may hand at making a few of my own from the abundance of patterns available online - that way they'll fit my head as well!

      Keep it away from them snowmen this time of year...
    16. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 years ago
      Thanks and take care Kydur!!
    17. Alan2310 Alan2310, 8 years ago
      Hi
      Scott.
      Its probably cross your mind, how many opera, or great gala this hat has go.
      incredible find scott,and the condition was stunning.I will not be surprise with this condition, its worth about $1000
      Well a complete collection,its pretty much what's all about to get done, any new pieces was excited, remember before i was moving to Ontario, i have to let go my Safe collection, not much has your trunk collection, but i have to sale them all(17)the oldest one 1738 flat key 5 deep panel with st andrew cross,a beauty.
      Well anyway,nostalgic moment.

      Great find Scott
      Wish you best find to come.

      Take care CW friend

      Alan

    18. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 years ago
      Thank you Alan!! Yes, I wish my top hats could talk and tell me their story. I have 2 that were made in London (this being one of them), 3 that were made by Knox Hats in NY and 1 by Collins and Fairbanks of Boston.
      I also have a pair of wool spats from London as well. So, there were some very classy folks back in the day.
      Thanks for the kind comment.
      Take care my friend!!
      Scott
    19. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 years ago
      Alan, I'm currently working on a very old Knox Hat trunk that's made of leather. It's pretty old, so it's became quite a task to get it back to good condition again. I'll post it when I've completed it.
    20. Alan2310 Alan2310, 8 years ago
      Scott, did you know about some Italian hat?
      I ask because the other day when i shopping at the thrift i miss a pair of it, they are in cardboard box($19.99), the guy buy it told me that somebody told him they worth $1000 piece.
      You know the story a friend told me that a guy and so on,,, just ask you.
      You know about such hat Italian brand very expensive .
    21. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 years ago
      Alan, Not aware of any Italian hats. But, I'll certainly google it and check it out.
      Thanks!!
    22. myoldkyhome myoldkyhome, 8 years ago
      Love it! Great find.
    23. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 years ago
      Thanks myoldkyhome!! It's really a rare thing to find one of these in this condition. So, I was very lucky to get this one!!
    24. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 years ago
      Thanks sugargirl for the love!!
    25. Drill Drill, 7 years ago
      Found a patent image for the hasp I believe.
      http://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pages/US979777-0.png
      Hope it helps to date it.
    26. jscott0363 jscott0363, 7 years ago
      Very close!!! But, in Figure 2 (item 20) is much different than mine. The item 20 on my hasp is more like a ball that pops into a hole and does not latch until locked with the key.
    27. jscott0363 jscott0363, 7 years ago
      Drill, where do you find these amazing patents and drawings? They're really helpful.
    28. Drill Drill, 7 years ago
      Searching trunk patents quite a bit lately,compiling quite a few (around 700 trunk patents so far). So sometimes I come across ones that resemble
      locks or trunk hardware that I've seen before.Not all patents have pictures ,but most do. It's fun Hunting for things ,It's my other hobby.There may be improvements on patents as well,or someone else may have one that's a hair off,but copy cats tend to be of around the same time period.
    29. jscott0363 jscott0363, 7 years ago
      Well, thanks for all of your help Drill.
    30. jscott0363 jscott0363, 11 months ago
      mareredware
      and
      Jenni
      Thank you both very much for the loves and for stopping by!!
    31. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 months ago
      vcal,
      Thanks very much for the love and for stopping in!!

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