Thursday, January 15, 2009

Worn This Day (1797): First Top Hat

Art by Art Adams
In 1797, the top hat was first worn in England by James Heatherington, a Strand haberdasher in London. An issue of the Times of that period records that when he left his shop with his extraordinary headwear, a crowd of onlookers assembled, which degenerated into a shoving match. Heatherington was summoned to appear in court before the Lord Mayor and fined £50 for going about in a manner "calculated to frighten timid people."

Within a month, he was overwhelmed with orders for the new top hats. link

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