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Benjamin Harrison’s Top Hat

DateDimensionsAccession_numberMaterials
1870-1890W:12" H:6" D:9"769Silk and satin

"Benjamin Harrison's silk top hat in leather carrying case. Black satin or silk hat.
Hat: top of the hat has pulled away from the metal frame on both sides (3 ¾ inches on the right and 4 inches on the left) with the right side more pulling; the hat is 6 inches tall with a slight bowed flare toward the middle the stack; seams on both sides; a band to cover the joining of stack and brim is missing except on the right front; a partial bow is placed on the right side; stitches are showing where band would have been; the brim is 1 ¾ inches with inward curl on both sides; the cardboard frame as separated in the front and back (tending to overlap with some fraying); imprinted in gold inside on the top is ‘Extra Quality centered over a mark/symbol – the word Registered on banner over a bird with wings next to body, which is over a shield with a bird on each side with wings extended sitting on a banner/ribbon with the words Moveo et Proficio printed; the word KNOX is under the banner; New York on the line beneath; under the shield on two lines is ‘When Col. Co. Indianapolis.’; nearest to the top of the hat for 2 ½ inches is satin and bottom 3 inches is silk pattern like the outside of the hat; a small silk bow is sewn in the back at the union of the two materials; a silk covered unmarked label is on the left inside."

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