Posted 5 years ago
Hello fellow collectors!
I recently acquired this beautiful leather top hat case. This one is from the 1870-1880 period. You'll notice that as the years progressed on into the 1890's, top hat case designs changed for this "Hat" shaped case to a more "Bucket" shaped design.
To find one this old and in this condition was just a thrill for me! It even has it's original key that still operates the lock just beautifully.
This case needed very little attention. A simple cleaning with saddle soap, a bit of mink oil to condition the leather and a good polishing of the brass. The interior has some light staining, but I'm not really concerned about that. The fact that the blue/white striped interior is still intact is good enough for me.
You'll notice the original owners' initials are still on the top. Not sure if the initials are R.U.N. or R.U.M.. I'd love to have seen the hat that was carried in this case. I'm certain that it was a beauty!
Thanks for stopping in to have a look!