Top Hat

Here we have yet another item given to the museum this month. This one belonged to Tom Gye who died last year. It was one of his top hats. A part of the Gye business was undertaking funerals. We already had the frock coat and trousers Tom wore when on this job. We can now add the hat to the display on the upstairs settle in the museum.

The hat is in a rather careworn hat box.

Careworn hat box but it has served its purpose and kept the hat well.

Careworn hat box but it has served its purpose and kept the hat well.

The hat inside, however, is just fine.

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Top hat belonging to Tom Gye

The hat carries the mark of Henry Heath – established in the reign of George 4th and by warrant to His Majesty the King. This must date the hat to the first half of the 20th century.

Henry Heath mark inside the hat

Henry Heath mark inside the hat

The Henry Heath name is also embossed on the hat lining.

Henry Heath embossed mark

Henry Heath embossed mark

The box carries an order and hat number.

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That’s order number 5168 and hat number 8307.

Maybe an expert out there could fix the date of the hat from this.

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One Response to “Top Hat”

  1. Bob Gordon Says:

    Hi Rog

    No real help but when i worked for Inchcape i was a trustee of the pension scheme. The pension owned the building that Henry Heath

    used as for production and sales just behind Oxford Street. The building is/was famous for having carvings of Beavers on the front facade.

    From memory Heath closed in mid/late 30s. I was always led to believe the company closed at that point.

    I would be interested to hear of any other info you get.

    Cheers

    Bob

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