Posted 5 years ago
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!!