Posted 5 years ago
Hello CW friends!!
I've had this beautiful set for just slightly over a year now, but I've never posted the entire set together, until now. It's a leather covered triple top hat carrying case with three Knox New York top hats. As you can see, by the 1930 period, the top hat brim style had became more flattened than the turned up brim style of earlier periods. The top portion of the hats had also became quite a bit shorter as well.
The leather case and top hats would date 1932, or prior to that, as the Knox New York logo inside the hats was no longer used after 1932 as the Knox New York hat company merged with Cavanagh and Dunlop hat companies, in 1932, to form The Hat Company at the start of the Great Depression.
Unfortunately, the case is missing the insert that held the remaining two hats. The two black hats are covered in silk made from a mixture of rabbit and ermine to resemble beaver silk. The grey hat is covered in wool felt.
The hats and case are in very nice condition still. Whoever once owned this set was more than likely a theatrical performer or some type of traveling performer, as each of the three hats contain two sets of the same initials inside, K.K.G. and W.B.D.M. I would assume these are the initials of the original owner as well as the initials of the theatrical company.
It could possibly even have been owned by a very high status businessman as well. Anyway, I'd love to find the history of the person who once owned this case and top hats.
If anyone has and information or thoughts on who this beautiful set would have once belonged to, I'd more than welcome your input.
Thanks for stopping and having a look!