United Indurated Fibre Co
Victorian leather double top hat travelling luggage bucket antique 1800-1900'sUnbranded
Victorian antique leather double top hat luggage bucket. These top hat luggage carriers were used between 1800's and 1900's to ensure safe travel of their elaborate hats. The elaborate hats was packed separately as hats were an essential and important part of their daily dress. Double hat carriers are hard to find and the hat carriers themselves are very collectible on their own, there are also triple hat carriers which are very rare and if you find one, snap it up quickly as you may not find another one again. This one I believe is from the late 1800's and still has the original beautiful rich red silk lining with original hat fasteners still attached, compartment in the bottom of the lid for a Gibus (Opera hat or collapsible hat) missing fasteners and may have had an inner compartment to hold and seperate the two hats. A section of top leather strap with a part of lock is also missing. The front buckle is unattached but is sitting in the bottom of the hat carrier and still has the initials/monogram of the gentleman who originally owned this.
The hat carrier is in good condition with some damage to the leather, use and some cracking due to age of leather but good condition for its age.
36cm H x 34.9cm W x 31.3cm D, 2kg 4g
History of the top hat bucket
The hat case is called a bucket. It is made from brown leather with a carry handle on the lid. The bucket is fastened by a single leather strap which goes from the back, over the lid and under the handle, and ends at the brass lock on the front. The inside is red silk and some with compartments for the storage of the two to three top hats and sometimes a Gibus, which is a top hat that is collapsible. The bucket dates to the 1840s, the period when the Gibus became fashionable.
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