Vintage Apparel

Antique Top Hat Beaver Felt by Tress & Co. London -- Made for Jess Applegrath of Toronto Montreal


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    FOR SALE ☞ Authentic Antique Beaver Felt Top Hat by Tress & Co. London

    DESCRIPTION ☞ A beautiful example of Edwardian style! Size 7, black top hat in beaver felt. The felt has a gorgeous sheen, soft to the touch. Inside you can see the silk is basically new, no sweat stains, rips or tears. Label reads "Tress & Co. London -- Made Expressly for Jess Applegath Toronto Montreal"

    Underneath the logo is a golden-colored monogram "AJC". We have been told by an expert that the monogram would be true gold lettering in keeping with the time period, however we have not tested it at this time.

    **Please note** This is not a true modern size 7, as sizes were smaller back then! Please MESSAGE US prior to purchase with your own measurements if you plan to wear it. This is to ensure hat will fit you and to verify that you understand we are not responsible if it does not fit you upon delivery. We understand that this is an investment purchase, so feel free to message us if you have any questions or would like to see more photos! We cannot accept refunds or exchanges on this hat once sold and shipped.

    Tress & Co. was a well known hat manufacturer in London, England. In operation for over one hundred years, it was established in 1846 and finally sold to Christy’s in 1953.

    "Applegath Hats was, at one time, Toronto’s largest haberdasher. The business was begun by Llewellyn John Applegath as an adjunct business within the men’s clothier House of Hobberlin, at the corner of Richmond and Yonge streets, when Hobberlin was founded in 1885. By 1913 Applegath had become so large a second store opened further up on Yonge street, two more stores followed in later years. The company’s peak year of sales was 1946, but then a decline in sales set in as more men began going hatless. Stores were closed in 1954, 1960, and 1962. The final store was closed in July 1964 by Harold Applegath, grandson of the founder." - from

    Jess Applegath was the one Applegath sons who struck out on his own sometime in the early 1900s. He had his own stores in Toronto and Montreal. All Applegath stores in Canada were closed prior to 1967.


    CONDITION ☞ This hat is in FANTASTIC condition for its age! Some slight wear inside and around top from original owner. Threading is delicate so be gentle if you plan to wear it. The hat has a very slight red tinge to it around brim -- not noticeable unless really looking for it under bright light. Please see photos. Color may differ slightly in real life from how it appears on your screen due to varying monitor settings.

    ABOUT US ☞ Front Street Antiques is located in downtown historic Kaslo, British Columbia, Canada. We are a husband and wife team on the hunt for interesting items that inspire nostalgia and curiosity. We are antique enthusiasts and we do our very best to describe any imperfections and quirks, as well as provide a general background on the item; however, we are not yet experts on every item in our store. Have a question about this item or want to see more photos? Send us a message & we’ll get back to you ASAP!

    PLEASE NOTE ☞ Item will be carefully packaged up and shipped within 3 business days of sale, often sooner. We combine shipping on multiple items -- please send us a message prior to purchase to give us a heads up & we will be happy to refund the difference upon shipping!

    All our listings are considered collectible, retro/vintage (25+ years) or antique (100+ years) and are rarely brand new. The majority of our stock comes from auctions and private collections or estates. Items for sale may display some age related wear and/or minor flaws consistent with the date of manufacture. Photos are included as part of the description. Due to the age and nature of our stock, all items are sold "as is" and final sale unless damaged in transit/with insurance.

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