is a kind of tall, flat-crowned, broad-brimmed
by men and was especially common in the
19th century. They were made from stiffened
beaver fur or from
popular version, particularly in the
in the 19th century, was the
Unlike many top-hats, this version was straight,
like piping, and was not wider at the top
and bottom. Often they were taller than
the typical top-hat.
Later on, top-hats were sometimes given
an internal hinged frame, making them collapsible.
Such hats are often called "opera
hats", though the term can be synonymous
with any top-hat, or any tall formal men's
Top-hats are sometimes associated with