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Antique Formal Gray Felt Top Hat, E. Motsch, 40 Avenue George V, PARIS
Antique Formal Gray Felt Top Hat, E. Motsch, 40 Avenue George V, PARIS
Antique Formal Gray Felt Top Hat, E. Motsch, 40 Avenue George V, PARIS
Antique Formal Gray Felt Top Hat, E. Motsch, 40 Avenue George V, PARIS
Antique Formal Gray Felt Top Hat, E. Motsch, 40 Avenue George V, PARIS
Antique Formal Gray Felt Top Hat, E. Motsch, 40 Avenue George V, PARIS
Antique Formal Gray Felt Top Hat, E. Motsch, 40 Avenue George V, PARIS
Antique Formal Gray Felt Top Hat, E. Motsch, 40 Avenue George V, PARIS

Antique Formal Gray Felt Top Hat, E. Motsch, 40 Avenue George V, PARIS

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Oh, we do get some unusual old treasures now and then. I admit I really do not know much about top hats. I only know they look fabulous on riders in dressage, on gentlemen at Opera and formal events, and on a dressing table. This one is a fine gray/beige felt hat. See the very fine fur that almost feels like silk. The hat has silk rim and a felt band. The inner rim/crown (see, I don't even know how to talk about these) is a soft leather, and interior is beautifully lined in a heavy silk. The maker's stamp remains, and tells us it was hand made by, or marketed through "E. Motsch", located at 40 Avenue George V, Paris. That's a very high end location. The printed monogram remains inside, "P G B".  

Good to very good, beautiful from the outside view and in wear. The interior measurement is 22". I'm unsure if that has a size designation but it will help you if you're intending to wear this one. It seems exceptionally well-crafted, entirely by hand. The hat has definitely been worn, and some wear and age show more to the interior leather band, making me think it's been a horseman's or women's hat as I can see some staining perhaps perspiration or hair pomade. It is one of 2 acquired from the same estate. Look for the black beaver fur top hat, too (sold separately).