Posted 7 years ago
The latest addition to my top hat and trunk collection. Here is a antique Colbert beaver silk top hat and leather trunk. It was made by Colbert expressly for the Marshall-Field & Co. store in Chicago. Marshall-Field & Co. was an upscale department store that was founded in Chicago in 1852. They were bought out by Macy's, I believe in 2005, and the last Marshall-Field store was closed in 2006.
The trunk is made of leather and in very good condition for it's age. The initials on the side of the hat trunk (CHC) are also the same initials inside of the top hat. The beaver silk top hat is also in very good condition, given it's age. For those of you wondering, the velvet pillow is a hat polishing pillow. Most did not survive, so it's very rare to find the complete original set with trunk, hat and hat polishing pillow. The hat polishing pillow also has the Marshall-Field & Co. logo on it.
I'm not quite sure of the age of this one, but, judging by the type of handle and latch used, I'm going to place this around 1900-1910. The trunk has a serial number stamped into the leather on the back that reads 1003. This is the first top hat trunk that I've ever seen a serial number stamped on.
Thanks for looking!!