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    Posted 5 years ago

    jscott0363
    (481 items)

    Hello fellow collectors!!

    I recently acquired this lovely beaver silk top hat and leather case. This one is from Portugal and is from around the 1870-1880 period, possibly a bit older.

    Though the case is not in the best condition, it's still pretty good for it's age. It still has a name tag with the original owners name. That's always a plus!

    Notice the Hotel Francfort Lisboa decal on the top of the case. The hotel was a very grand place and was opened in 1867 in Lisbon, Portugal.

    A search shows Joaquim Antonio Da Silva as a Brazilian Flautist and Composer (1848-1880). But, the 1876 International Exhibition catalog list a Antonio Da Silva and Sons, of Lisbon, Portugal, that produced and sold lead shot. More than likely, this Joaquim Antonio Da Silva, that owned this set, lived in Lisbon and not Brazil.

    The hat is in near mint condition, which is remarkable for one this old. The lovely blue/white striped fabric interior is 100% intact. A bit stained, but all there.

    As you'll notice, the older style cases, such as this, were more "Hat" shaped, where later styles into the 1900's were more "Bucket" shaped.

    Thanks for stopping in to have a look!!

    Scott

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    Comments

    1. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 5 years ago
      I am always fascinated by these hats and hat boxes! I rarely see them in this area.
    2. pops52 pops52, 5 years ago
      Remarkable top hat and case Scott, love the fact that it has the name tag!
    3. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 5 years ago
      Oh wow, I can't believe you find so many of these fabulous hats and cases! It looks perfect to me.
    4. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Scott I love that it looks so well used!!! Maker's name and owner's name...doesn't get much better than that!!! Do you google the owner's name to see if any info comes up?
    5. fortapache fortapache, 5 years ago
      You will be sytlin' when you go to the opera wearing this.
    6. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Great case and hat Scott. How's your Portuguese? You can't be suave at the opera, stylin', and speak the wrong language!
    7. NevadaBlades, 5 years ago
      Your top hats and cases are fantastic, Scott. If you have a son in high school, I hope you'll let him wear one with his tuxedo to his Senior Ball. Just tell him if he ruins or loses it, though, blood will flow and his head will roll! [;>)))
    8. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      vintagelamp,
      Thank you! Their are still several around, but I only go after the rare or unusual ones. Thanks again!!!
    9. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Pops,
      Thank you!! I was thrilled to find this one with the name tag still on it. That's always a plus! Thank you again!!!
    10. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      shareurpassion,
      I constantly keep my eye out for these. I love this older style of case. The later cases are shaped more like a bucket. So, not many of this older style left out there that are salvageable. Thanks again so much!!
    11. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Judy,
      Thanks!! I have not Googled the owners name, yet. But, you can bet that I will when I get some extra time on my hands. My job keeps me far too busy to truly enjoy my hobby. Thanks again so very much!
    12. inky inky, 5 years ago
      Oh!! .. Don't we all love labels...great photos Scott..beautiful hat and box...:-)
    13. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thanks fortapache!!!
      This one is a bit small for me. Men tended to be much smaller back then, so clothing hats and shoes from that period won't fit the average size man of today's world. Thanks again!!
    14. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Karen,
      Lol!!!! Unfortunately, Portuguese is not part of my vocabulary! Thanks very much for the fine compliment.
    15. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      NevadaBlades,
      Than you so very much!!!! Both of my sons are in college now. But, there's always the formal fraternity ball:) Thanks again!!!
    16. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Penny,
      Thank you so very much!! It's actually my shiniest top hat. Thanks again!!
    17. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the loves, the wonderful comments and for stopping by

      Rob

      vintagelamp

      Rick

      Pops

      shareurpassion

      Judy

      Karen

      fortapache

      NevadaBlades

      Bonnie

      Mike

      and

      Penny

      All very greatly appreciated!!!!
    18. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 5 years ago
      Another great top hat and even if the case isn't in the best condition I'm sure you'll be a great guardian. You have the most fantastic hat collection Scott, I look forward to seeing more.
    19. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Jean,
      Thanks so much for the wonderful compliment! I do have another mid-1800's hat and case, among others, that I have yet to post. Thanks for the wonderful comment, the love and for stopping in. Always greatly appreciated!!
    20. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the loves and for stopping in to admire my top hat and case

      Thomas

      and

      Mani

      Both very much appreciated!!!
    21. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 5 years ago
      It seems new. Compliments for such a great collection.
    22. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      kivatinitz,
      Thanks so very much for the wonderful comment!! Tops and trunks have became my passion for many years now and I'm a very selective on what I buy. Thanks also for the love and for stopping by. Always greatly appreciated!!
    23. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thanks very much for the loves and for stopping in to admire my top hat and case

      Roy

      and

      vetraio50

      Both very much appreciated!!
    24. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Phil,
      Thanks very much for the appreciation and for stopping by. Always appreciated!!
    25. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      fleafinder,
      Thanks so much for the love and for stopping by. I do appreciate it very much!
    26. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      ho2culcha,
      Thanks so much for the love and for stopping by. Always very much appreciated!!!
    27. trunkman trunkman, 5 years ago
      Simply stellar!
    28. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thank you trunkman!!
      It even has it's original key that works the lock just beautifully (after a bit of lubrication). Thanks for the comment, the appreciation and for stopping in. Always a pleasure to see you drop by!!!
    29. SEAN68 SEAN68, 5 years ago
      jscotto you have a great collection my friend!!
    30. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      SEAN,
      That's a very wonderful compliment my friend!! Thank you so very very much!!!
    31. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thanks so very much for the loves and for taking time to support my post

      SEAN

      Ricjk

      and

      Bensallright

      So very much appreciated!!!
    32. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      buckethead,
      Thanks very much for the appreciation and for taking time to stop by. Always appreciated!!

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