Black Moray Silk Opera Hat

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Black moray silk opera hat....collapses and closes flat then 'pops' open!



Just in time for the Royal Enclosure at Royal Ascot.



Size 7-1/4.



Purchased in 1946 from Collins & Fairbanks Co., Hatters of Boston.



Worn only ONCE (on the gentleman's wedding day in 1946) thus it is in immaculate condition.



Comes in original box.



Invented by Antoine Gibus in 1812, the collapsible hat or 'Gibus' has springs inside allowing it to be folded flat by hand and stored conveniently, as for example in an Opera house cloak-room. For this reason they are often called opera hats, though the term can also refer to any tall formal men's hat. The characteristic snapping sound upon opening a Gibus suggested another name, the Chapeau Claque. Invented for convenience at the opera, collapsible top hats are still used as evening wear. (Thanks Wiki!)
Details
Place of Origin
United States
Date of Manufacture
1946
Period
1940-1949
Condition
Gentleman's Top Hat in excellent condition. <br /> <br /> Box shows age appropriate wear.
Diameter
7.25
Dealer Location
Weymouth, MA
Number of Items
1
Reference Number
U1104138866816
About The Seller
Address
BG Galleries
875 Washington St.
BG Galleries
Weymouth MA 02189
US
(617) 658-4988
1stdibs Dealer since 2010 Located in Weymouth, MA