The DelMonico Hatter Satin Top Hat is hand-made in the United States by highly skilled craftsmen. Produced using fine black bridal satin, or a variety of custom colors made to order.
Our custom toppers are available with a fixed crown, but are usually constructed to serve as a true collapsible top hat, and can be made in a range of custom heights on request. DelMonico Hatter also has available wool felt top hats at a more moderate price.
The black satin top hat we sell is the classic collapsible "Opera Hat" from the old days, complete with the "POP!" sound when you open it up. Why is it called an Opera Hat? Well, they were worn at the Opera - and for ease of use, they were made collapsible so that the top hat could fit underneath your seat while you watched the show, eliminating the need to check it in the coat room.
Therefore, one would not risk losing this expensive item to an opportunistic usher, or just by getting it mixed up with someone else's hat... Keep in mind that just like the cars of the time, you could get a satin dress top hat it in whatever color you liked - so long as it was "Black." Couple this with the fact that people did not always put their names in their hat, just like today, and you have a recipe for a "hatastrophe!" Hence the functionality of the collapsible Opera Hat.