Posted 8 years ago
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!