Posted 6 years ago
Here is the latest addition to my antique top hat collection. It's difficult to find these in really nice condition. But, this one made the cut. Not only is the leather case complete (minus the key) and intact, but the top hat shows hardly any wear and/or scuffs whatsoever!
The best part about this one is that the gentleman who once owned this has written his name on the top of the leather case. His name is W.H. Ostenberg, of Omaha. At the turn of the 20th century, when this hat was made, there just happened to be a W.H. "Hod" Ostenberg in Omaha, NE. Mr. Ostenberg, along with his Grandfather and Uncle, opened a bank in Omaha called Scottsbluff National Bank in 1909.
Being that there was a W.H. Ostenberg in Omaha at the time, I'd like to believe that this hat was once owned and worn by this particular Mr. "Hod" Ostenberg himself. Wouldn't that be grand!
Anyway, thanks for looking!!!