Man's top hat

French
1915–30


Object Place: Paris, France

Dimensions

57.5 cm (22 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

1979.393

Medium or Technique

Silk, buckram

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Black silk “beaver”. High flat crown. Brim rolled at sides. Black felt hat band; grosgrain binding. White leather headband. White silk lining marked “Special E.M,” “E. Motsch, 42 Avenue George V, 68.R.Francois 1er, Paris” and “D.P.”
The top hat is constructed with a pile weave that has silk pile and a cotton foundation. The hat band is wool and the brim tape is silk. The interior has a silk lining and leather headband.

Provenance

Made by E. Motsch

Credit Line

Bequest of Dana Pond