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    Posted 6 years ago

    jscott0363
    (520 items)

    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!!!
    Scott

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    1. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Thanks Pat!! The name never really showed up until I cleaned the leather. But, it's there and extremely legible!! I was pretty excited, to say the least, when I found the information on Mr. Ostenberg!!!
    2. pops52 pops52, 6 years ago
      Amazing addition to your collection Scott, nice bit of history to it too.
    3. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Thank you pops!! I love my items even more when they have the story to go with them.
    4. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      DrFluffy, thanks very much for the love!!!
    5. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the love Moonhill!!
    6. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Only a banker could have afforded such a glorious hat in Omaha!
    7. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Thanks racer4four!! That's true, a banker or a politician:)
    8. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the loves
      racer4four
      Julie
      and
      aghcollect
      I do appreciate them very much!
    9. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      beautiful!!!
    10. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Thanks Sean!! And as always, thanks for the love!!
    11. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Cindy, thank you for your very kind comment! Nope, you probably won't see me model any of these. I'm not distinguished enough to model one of these. I have to dress up for work everyday, so the last thing I'd want to do in the evening is put on a top hat:) Thanks very much for the love!!!
    12. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the loves
      Peasejean55
      Sean
      and
      Eye4beauty
      Much appreciated indeed!!
    13. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Cindy, I may surprise you all one of these days and model one:)
    14. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the love Kydur!! I do appreciate it very much!
    15. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Yeah! Model a top hat together with your uncle Scrooge's shoe covers, for sure it would be an historic moment, bringing Mr W.H. Ostenberg back to life !
    16. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Hmmm! I'll have to put some thought into that one. Perhaps I'll surprise you all one day:)
    17. Virginia.vintage Virginia.vintage, 6 years ago
      This is amazing jscott! Love it!!
      Siiii!!! You can use it for a very special post and share with us, nice idea!
    18. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Thanks Virginia!! Still debating that:) Thanks for the love!!
    19. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 6 years ago
      thanks for the post wonderful history
    20. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Thank you kivatinitz for the wonderful comment!! And thank you for the love!!
    21. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 6 years ago
      This is awesome! I bet it fits like a glove in that box!
    22. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Thanks shareurpassion!! Yes, it pretty much fits like a glove in the box. They did design the box to accommodate a slightly larger size hat as well. Thanks for the love as well! Much appreciated!
    23. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the love AmberRose!!! Truly appreciated!!
    24. inky inky, 6 years ago
      Looovely!...:-)
    25. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Well, thank you inky!! And thank you for the love as well!! Very much appreciated!!
    26. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the loves
      Trey
      and
      ho2cultcha
      Very much appreciated!
    27. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Elisabethan,
      Thanks so much for the love and for stopping by. Always truly appreciated!!!!
    28. Newfld Newfld, 8 months ago
      Here is one that I missed - can you imagine pulling a rabbit out of this hat or case!
    29. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 months ago
      Hi Jenni,
      Of the many top hats that I own, this is one of my favorites. I have them all in climate controlled storage at the moment.

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