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Object Name Hat, Top
Catalog Number 2012.fic.109
Description Black silk top hat with 5.75-inch crown. Black felt band around the base. Green wool underside of brim. Silk lines. No sweatband. Black grosgrain onedge of brim, very worn. Stamped inside on crown:The La Crosse Hat Works.
Collection LCHS Hat Collection
Provenance 2 tags found in box say this is Gideon Hixon's hat. Hat has name Baldwin written in pencil inside.
La Crosse Hat Works was in business between 1905 and 1962, with the later years probably as hat cleaners. This hat should date to the early 20th century.
Date c. 1905
Dimensions H-6.25 W-10 D-12 inches
Height (in) 6.25
Width (in) 10
Inscription Type Manufacturer's Mark
Inscription Text The La Crosse Hat Works/ La Crosse, Wis.
Makers mark Baldwin/ CLB (written in pencil inside)
Inscription Location inside crown
People Hixon, Gideon