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

  • 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

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Located in Weymouth, MA

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