Collect Top Hats- An 18th Century Status Symbol

Men's  Tall Top Hat Collections Are Displayed on Shelving- Tumblr

In 18th and 19th century England mercury was used in the production of felt, which was used in the manufacturing of hats common of the time. People who worked in these hat factories were exposed daily to trace amounts of the metal, which accumulated within their bodies over time, causing some workers to develop dementia caused by mercury poisoning. Thus the phrase “Mad as a Hatter” became popular as a way to refer to someone who was perceived as insane.  Hats were a status symbol in the 17th and 18th centuries.  Consider incorporating hats into your primitive decor.

1.  Collect Top Hats And Display Them On Shelving.

Above is a great picture of a collection of various primitive styled mens hats.  What a conversation starter!  Consider collecting the most interesting top hats.  You could even label your hats just like they do in museums.   Know Your Top Hat Styles- The Aylesbury, The Turf, The Oxonian, The Collegian, The Tilbury, The Anglesa

2.  Collect Black and White Photographs With Top Hats.

Anything can be re-printed these days.  Here are a few of my favorite pictures that could be re-printed and framed for your walls.

-Black and White Photography- Audrey Hepburn In A Top Hat

-Black and White Photography- A Little Girl Hiding Her Face With A Top Hat

-Black and White Photography- A Series Of Formal Men In Top Hats

-Black and White Photography- English Ladies Wearing Top Hats

-Black and White Photography- Possibly A Movie Star In A Top Hat

3.  Frame Old Magazine Ads.

Look through old magazines, or catalogues and blow up the ads and frame them.  Make a whole wall of old ads that bring the old world into your home.   White based prints would allow you to use darker paint colors like red, or blue on the walls, making the prints pop.

Mary riding side saddle going on a hunt, Downton Abbey

Fashionable Top Hat Fashions

Collect Catalogue or Magazine Ads And Frame Them- Gentlemen's hats, 1887

This Oil Painting would be a grand portrait in a blue room.  

Cat in oil painting wearing a top hat.

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