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Background to the history and origin of the top hat

Dandies with top hats1. History of the top hat: origin and different forms
The silk top hat originated in the 18th century when the Dandies were making their mark on the street scene. Since then, many types of top hats have been made, each with their own characteristic appearance and function. Read more >>

2. Hysterical reactions to the first top hat
The wearer of the first top hat was immediately rounded up for 'disturbing public order'.
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3. Heraldry and coats of arms of top hat makers
What do the words and symbols mean in the coats of arms of top hat makers? And why do Dutch top hat manufacturers use English coats of arms?

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