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    Posted 8 years ago

    jscott0363
    (649 items)

    Here is my antique Knox Hat Company silk top hat and top hat trunk. I bought this hat trunk for $20. It was in pretty bad condition though. I had to reattach some of the leather, that had came loose, and give it a really good cleaning with glycerin saddle soap (twice!!).
    The brass polished up nicely. The carry handle is broken on one end (usually completely missing) and the brass buckles, on the front, are detached. But, I still have one of the buckles. On the plus side, it has a key, which is most always missing.
    I really liked this one because it has the initial "T" on the front, right below the lock. And since my last name is Thompson, the "T" just seemed fitting!
    The Knox top hat is in very nice condition, with just a small amount of wear. Is it made of beaver silk? Maybe not. In the early 1900's on, beaver pelts were very expensive, so some hat companies started mixing rabbit and ermine fur with the beaver fur. I'm guessing that's what was done on this one.
    I'm guessing this one is from the early 1900's to 1930.
    Thanks for looking!
    Scott

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    1. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 years ago
      Thanks Cindy and vetraio50 for the loves!
    2. Jewels Jewels, 8 years ago
      Love it!
    3. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 years ago
      Yeah PatSea, Drill made the same comment. However, I only have one that actually fits me. The ones I have are either too small or too large. Maybe I'll get up enough nerve to actually take a pic of me wearing the one that fits me and post it :)
    4. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 years ago
      Thanks for the comment and love Julie!!
    5. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 years ago
      Thanks for the love PatSea!!
    6. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 years ago
      Thanks Armyeng for the love!
    7. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 years ago
      Thanks officialfuel for the love!
    8. Jewels Jewels, 8 years ago
      I can photo shop one on Patsea too, for the peer pressure Scott--just let me know :)
    9. Jewels Jewels, 8 years ago
      Pod hearts Joias!
    10. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 years ago
      Thanks
      walksoftly
      fortapache
      aghcollect
      and Manikin for the loves!!
    11. SEAN68 SEAN68, 8 years ago
      wow!!! very beautiful Buddy!!!! :)
    12. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 years ago
      Well, thank you Sean!! I do appreciate the comment!
    13. Drill Drill, 8 years ago
      Awesome trunk, I love the hat.
    14. Highway-St.-Christopher Highway-St.-Christopher, 8 years ago
      i have one similar that i had no idea what it was.
      what are the dimensions ?
    15. racer4four racer4four, 8 years ago
      Fantastic hat and box. The quilted interior is great...how do you clean that?
      Also, what's in the leather pouch ? Is it a brush for the hat?
      Sorry about all the questions! I am very curious about things unknown.
    16. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 years ago
      Thanks Drill!!
    17. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 years ago
      Highway-St.-Christopher, the dimensions are 14 1/2"L X 10 1/2" H X 9 1/2" W.
    18. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 years ago
      Thanks racer4four! The interior was perfectly clean inside. The exterior was cleaned with Stubben's Glycerin saddle soap and then conditioned with Frye leather conditioning cream.
      The are a set of ivory hat brushes in the leather pouch and a small vintage can of Hatter's hat cleaning powder in the same compartment as the brushes.
    19. racer4four racer4four, 8 years ago
      Thanks for the answers. Great post!
    20. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 years ago
      You're welcome racer4four!! The one thing that I found missing in this set(and usually is) was the velvet hat polishing pillow that came with these originally. But, few survived over the years. Thanks for the comment and Merry Christmas!!
    21. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 years ago
      Thanks BB2 and Kydur for the loves!!
    22. trunkman trunkman, 8 years ago
      Fabulous hat box jscott.... you really have been able to bring it back to life!!!
    23. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 years ago
      Thanks much T-man!! I do appreciate the kind comment!!
    24. BHock45 BHock45, 8 years ago
      great collection jscott0363!
    25. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 years ago
      Thanks BHock45!! I do appreciate the comment!
      MERRY CHRISTMAS!
    26. inky inky, 8 years ago
      You have some beautiful stuff but! I think this lovely box and hat is my favourite...Merry Christmas and a Happy New year jscott0363...:-)
    27. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 years ago
      Thank you inky!! I like the interior of this one best of all.
      Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2015 to you and yours!!!
      Scott
    28. inky inky, 8 years ago
      Hi Scott...yes! think it is the interior that does it for me too..I also love the warmth of the leather you did a lovely job of restoring it, it must be so satisfying when you get a beautiful result like this...Penny...:-)
    29. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 years ago
      Penny, Yes, it is very gratifying when I am able to bring one of these back to life. They are a piece of our history and it's nice to be able to keep that going. Some are much more difficult than others. Some turn out to be rather easy. This one just kind of came together very well and only took me a couple of days to restore. Thanks so much for the kind comments:)
    30. LizzieluvTrinkets, 8 years ago
      Hello J. If you really want a crack at showing off your top hat beauties, maybe you should check out STEAMPUNK conventions....I'll leave it at that.... :-)
    31. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 years ago
      Thanks LizzieluvTrinkets!! Never thought about that. Perhaps I will. Thanks for the love as well:)
    32. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 years ago
      Deepseas72
      Vynil
      and
      Jenni
      Thank you all very much for the loves and for stopping in!!!
    33. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 years ago
      Thanks kwqd for the love and for stopping by!!!

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