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    15 January 1797

    The Top Hat was invented by John Hetherington, a haberdasher of the Strand, London. What he called a "silk hat" was a variation on the standard male riding hat of the day, and made from beaver covered in silk.

    On the first day he took to the streets wearing it, he ended up being arraigned before the Lord Mayor on a charge of breach of the peace and incitement to riot. The disorder had resulted from his wearing "a tall structure having a shiny lustre and calculated to frighten timid people."

    It was said that women fainted at the sight of his headgear, children screamed, dogs yelped and a young boy suffered a broken arm in the ensuing scrum. Hetherington was compelled to pay a 500 pound bond to keep the peace. In his defence he said had not broken any law "but was merely exercising a right to appear in a headdress of his own design ~ a right not denied to any Englishman."

    It didn't catch on overnight. Indeed, the topper's dominance as the gentleman's head wear for formal occasions wasn't really established until Prince Albert started to favour it 50 years later.

    (BBC History magazine - Vol 8 no 1)

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    lol, people had very delicate sensitivities back then, didn't they?

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    That is interesting, I was always under the impression they were made so that the bobbies could see over the crowds (reinforced frame plus added height).

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    Beaver covered in silk still has the capacity to incite a riot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RavenServers View Post
    That is interesting, I was always under the impression they were made so that the bobbies could see over the crowds (reinforced frame plus added height).

    Thanks for the info.
    How would a top hat enable bobbies to see over the crowds?
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    Those were the days...
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    Quote Originally Posted by joelus View Post
    How would a top hat enable bobbies to see over the crowds?
    Bwhahahahaha!!!

    They could stand on it

    Did you know that the law still exist that if a pregnant lady has a wee she may wee in a Bobbies hat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joelus View Post
    How would a top hat enable bobbies to see over the crowds?
    Duh periscopes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joelus View Post
    How would a top hat enable bobbies to see over the crowds?
    The reinforced frame would allow them to put the tophat on the ground and use it to stand on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Insider View Post
    Beaver covered in silk still has the capacity to incite a riot.

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    WJAHAHAHAAHAJAJAHAHAAHAHAH

    I want to go back to the 1800's and scare timid people!

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