This top hat belonged to Tom David, who was a Lodge Keeper at Tredegar House in the early 20th century. He must have looked extremely grand in his finery, as the great and glorious arrived at Tredegar House.
Top hat. A black, silk plush (possibly) top hat, trimmed with silk grosgrain and with grosgrain band. The hat is lined with linen and has a leather sweat band. On the side of the hat is a metal badge. Painted black and faceted, with a silk ribbon attached to the centre. Made by Christys' of London. Purported to have belonged to Tom David, Lodge Keeper.
This top hat belonged to Tom David, Lodge Keeper. Part of the collection on loan to the National Trust from Newport Museum and Galleries
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Inside hat: ENGLISH MAUNFACTURE / CHRISTYS' LONDON [Christy's trade mark]
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