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Emperor Franz Joseph’s bowler hat emerges at Vienna sale

12 October 2020

A bowler hat that once belonged to Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria will go under the hammer at Dorotheum on October 19 in the sale of imperial court memorabilia and historical objects in Vienna.

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Antique silk top hats in demand ahead of Royal Ascot racing events

14 June 2019

Retailer Oliver Brown has reported a boost in the sale of antique silk top hats ahead of Royal Ascot next week.

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Top hat demand for Royal Ascot boosts antique hat seller

22 June 2018

Demand from well-dressed gentlemen for authentic silk top hats for Royal Ascot this week has boosted sales for retailer Oliver Brown.

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Philip Mould stages show featuring modern milliner

12 February 2018

Milliner Victoria Grant is known for her high-society hats, worn by the likes of Kate Moss, Beyoncé and Carla Delevigne. But in an exhibition of her works at Old Master dealer Philip Mould’s gallery, society faces are on, not under, the hats.

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Antique silk top hat seller boosted by Royal Ascot

20 June 2017

London menswear specialist Oliver Brown has been boosted by sales of antique and vintage top hats ahead of racing and society event Royal Ascot which begins today.

Triumph of the titchy titfers

03 April 2003

Small is beautiful in the antiques world where miniature versions can command as much, sometimes more, than their full-size counterparts. That was certainly the case at Christie’s South Kensington last month when the small collection of miniature top hats and one bowler pictured above was pursued way beyond its £300-500 estimate to sell for £2400 (plus 17.5% per cent buyer’s premium) in the auctioneers’ March 12 costume and textiles sale.