This is an early 20th century, 1900-1920's, men's silk collapsible top hat. The inside circumference of the hat is 23 1/4". The height of this hat is 6" and the outer circumference is 36". These hats were usually worn resting on top of the head or tipped forward at a jaunty angle. They were not meant to be pulled low over the crown of the head as you would normally wear a hat today.
The hat is gold stamped "Elite" with the original owner's initials KK applied in paper gold lettering. The exterior silk and banding is in excellent condition and the mechanism still works properly, but there is an issue to a portion of it. One of the interior metal components bent and poked a 1/2" hole through the lining. There is a piece loose inside the hat that can be heard when you shake it. I think it is a corner piece that protects the elbow of the mechanism. It doesn't affect the function and it is high enough inside the hat that you cannot feel it when worn.
Though originally referred to as a men's opera hat, these can be worn by either gender. It would be perfect for Halloween, you too can be Fred Astaire dancing down the street.
This hat does not come with a box.
Early 1900 Silk Collapsible Top Hat