Goodbye to one of the the world’s greatest performers,
Mickey Rooney (September 23, 1920 - April 6, 2014)
(Source: reprisemyrole, via sithwax)
I have been re-watching HBO’s Deadwood series, definitely one of my all time favorite shows. After watching the first season I started sifting through my collection and put together a full historically correct 1870s outfit. Including the top hat I posted about a while back. The only items actually from the 1870s are the coat and the top hat, the waistcoat was an experiment I made for myself about a year ago and the trousers I made for myself for the winter months.
I admit I got a little artsy with the last photo but I don’t care.
I have made a prototype reproduction 1920s mackinaw coat based on a combination of one i have in my collection and one in my friends collection. The buttons and fabric are new but have the right look for the era, and the metal buckle was similar to the one original coat. This prototype has several issues being that the left panel was cut short and the breast pocket is too close to the buttons, and the sleeve openings were cut too big and low down. But these issues have been fixed in the final pattern i have drafted and I plan to sell them online.
Here’s another top hat from my collection, I think this one dates to around the turn of the 20th century and is in pretty shabby shape, but it still has the sweatband and paper liner. It’s a size 7 1/8 and fits me but i would never wear it because it is simply too fragile and as a historical piece it should be preserved. I have not done any restorations on this hat nor do i think i should.
This is a recent addition to my collection, I think this hat dates to anywhere from 1850-1870, its hard to tell but it is definitely an old top hat. The small roll on the brim along with the radical curl on the sides are indicative of this era. This hat is right out of Charles Dickens.
This is another homburg I picked up in Massachusetts this past summer. It was actually sitting on top of the Emerson homburg I last posted about and almost didn’t buy because I had already purchased the other one. I’m glad I bought them both in the end because they were both purchased at Stark Bros originally, so most likely belonged to the same person and are probably from the same era. This places the date on this hat around the late 1930’s early 40’s. The indicators for this as far as I know is that there is no reeding between the leather sweatband and the felt, and the Dobbs logo later in the mid 40’s was gold. Homburgs originally don’t have side dents in the crown like I have on mine, actually both these homburgs came uncreased, I just like the look of a pinch on a homburg.