Leather Top Hat Case. Finnigans of London, Manchester, Liverpool. c1900.


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This handsome antique leather hat case which is of fine quality is made by British luxury luggage and trunk maker Finnigans Ltd of London, Manchester and Liverpool and has a beautiful colour and patina.

Finnigans Ltd was one of the finest British leather goods makers and retailer in the 19th century and had a customer base of American millionaires such as the Rockefellers, the Vanderbilts and the Fords.

The case features nice details like a sturdy leather handle to the top, a brass lock, front strap with maker's name embossed and brass rivets / fittings. The inside lining and the removable leather covered hat holder are in super condition.

There is no key but the latch closes and opens perfectly with the push button.

A very nice and usable case with a clean inside for keeping a hat safe but also ideal for home decor, shop display or photography / film prop.

Dates from c1900.

Maker: Finnigans Ltd. 18 New Bond Street, London W. Also at Liverpool and Manchester.

Marks: Marked to front strap with Finnigans Ld. Makers 18 New Bond Street, London W and at Liverpool, Manchester. Also marked on both sides with Finnigans Ltd. Makers Manchester and Liverpool. Marked to lock - Finnigans Ltd. Manchester.


Length: 35 cm (13 3/4") approx.

Width: 28 cm (11") approx.

Depth: 23 cm (9") approx.

Depth of inner hat holder: 18 cm (7").

Weight: 3.170 kg.

Condition: Beautiful used antique condition with a wonderful patina. The interior and removable hat holder are in super condition. The leather has dried and cracked in places. Leather strap has wear and cracking to leather. There is a small split to the back corner. There is no key but the latch closes and opens perfectly with the push button. Please see pictures.

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