Antique 'Moleskin' Plush Silk Top Hat by Cuthbertson of London
An Antique Plush Silk Top Hat by Cuthbertson of London. With a tall crown measuring and curved brim - a style often referred to as being 'bell-shaped'. With felt band and grosgrain ribbon edge to the brim.
The inner crown stamped 'SUPERFINE' Monarch, Cuthbertson Ludgate Hill, Cheapside, Strand & Gresham St. It has later been marked on the interior with a previous owner's name. There does not appear to be any reference to the size of the hat but it measures 56cm around the inner edge - I would estimate it being a medium.
These hats are often referred to as moleskin but are actually made from a silk plush with a long nap giving the appearance of moleskin. The looms that made this fabric no longer in existence and are therefore no longer in production.
The hat is in very good overall condition, the silk plush in good condition, the felt band has a small amount of moth damage but this is not at all noticeable.
With an associated antique hat box.