Made of lustrous rabbit fur in the Mélusine style, this top hat with a rolled-up brim and flared cap is a garment worn exclusively by men. Synonymous with high social status, it is worn on occasions requiring a formal suit. This hat was made by the London hat-making company Henry Heath, active from 1822 until the 1930s. It was owned by Charles Carroll Colby, builder of Carrollcroft. Slipped into the interior ledge is a postcard addressed to Harriet Colby, wife of Charles, and written by Martha Stoddard Colby, her niece. Unknown donor.

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