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A top hat was not just for formal wear in the 19th century. Men and boys wore them to meeting (church services), school, and for work. Some top hats were made of braided rye straw made at home by women in New England as part of the "putting out system". They were paid a certain amount per hat. The hat shown here is made, in part, of hair from the under coat of a beaver.


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Top hat

creator   S. W. Parshley
date   1844
location   Chicopee, Massachusetts
diameter   7.5"
height   13.0"
process/materials   beaver fur, leather, silk, paper
item type   Personal Items/Clothing - Headwear
accession #   #DPR.E.09

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Tricorn Hat

Straw Hat

Beaver pelt

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