ImageMuseum NumberObjectDescription
R2521401HIL.206postcardBlack and white photographic portrait postcard, depicting 'Gaiety Girl' Marie Studholme; posed wearing a lacy Edwardian day dress and matching white lacy picture hat; image framed by white border; 'Rotary Photographic Series', handwritten message to reverse; postmarked 1904.
R2522001HIL.212postcardBlack and white photographic portrait postcard, depicting 'Gaiety Girl' Marie Studholme; posed wearing a feather boa and oversizedhat with upturned brim and feather decoration; inscription around edge of postcard reads - 'Don't you like this one of our favourite? Particularly the chapeau - I am having it copied!'; Lonson Stereoscopic Series; postmarked April 1905.
R2526501HIL.213postcardBlack and white photographic portrait postcard, depicting 'Gaiety Girl' Marie Studholme; posed wearing ruched dress and hat with floral spray decoration; image framed by white border; J. Beagles and Co. London; no message to reverse; circa 1905
R2831801HIL.924photographBlack and white photograph. Depicts men working in the planking room at Battersby's hat factory. Hoods of fur are being felted by hand and machine. c.1911.
R2832001HIL.926photographBlack and white photograph. Depicts men working at Battersby's hat factory. They are machine pouncing soft felts. c.1911.
R2832201HIL.928photorgaphBlack and white photograph. Depicts women working in the soft hat trimming room at Battersby's hat factory. They are stitching leathers, linings, bindings and bands into the hats. c.1911.
R2832301HIL.929photographBlack and white photograph. Depicts external view of Battersby's hat factory. c.1911.
R2832401HIL.930photographBlack and white photograph. Depicts men and women working in the curling and trimming room at Battersby's hat factory. Here, hats are lined, bound and trimmed and the rim is curled. c.1911.
R2832501HIL.931photographBlack and white photograph. Depicts men working in the soft hat finishing room at Battersby's hat factory. Here, soft felt hats are smoothed by machine. c.1911.
HIL1241HIL.1241advertisementBlue advertisement for Mezzera 'Felt-Clipping Machine'. Black and white image of machine. "Main advantages" written on back in French and English.
HIL1472HIL.1472MagazineMagazine; 'The Wideawake'. Quarterly magazine of Battersby Hats. Blue cover with black text. Depicts central illustration of hatted man framed in a triangle. Contains work related and personal news, photographs, stories and illustrations. Issue No.4, January 1929.
HIL1473HIL.1473magazineMagazine; 'The Wideawake'. Quarterly magazine of Battersby Hats. Green, white and black cover depicting a moustache sporting matador in hat. Contains work related and personal news, photographs, stories and illustrations. Issue No.19, Spring 1936.
HIL1474HIL.1474magazineMagazine; 'The Wideawake'. Quarterly magazine of Battersby Hats. Two tone blue and buff cover depicting man in trilby. Contains work related and personal news, photographs, stories and illustrations. Issue No.24, Autumn 1938.
HIL1475HIL.1475magazineMagazine; 'The Wideawake'. Quarterly magazine of Battersby Hats. Two tone green cover depicting man in trilby. Contains work related and personal news, photographs, stories and illustrations. Issue No.23, Spring 1938.
HIL1477HIL.1477magazineMagazine; 'The Wideawake'. Quarterly magazine of Battersby Hats. Two tone red and brown cover depicting man in trilby. Contains work related and personal news, photographs, stories and illustrations. Issue No.22, Autumn 1937.
HIL1478HIL.1478magazineMagazine; 'The Wideawake'. Quarterly magazine of Battersby Hats. Red, black and white cover depicting man in stetson and neckerchief. Contains work related and personal news, photographs, stories and illustrations. Issue No.15, March 1934.
HIL1494HIL.1494magazineMagazine; 'Millinery and Boutique', April 1970.
HIL1495HIL.1495magazineMagazine; 'Millinery and Boutique', July 1962. Belonged to donor's mother who was a milliner.
HIL1501HIL.1501magazineMagazine; 'Millinery and Boutique', July 1963. Belonged to donor's mother who was a milliner.
HIL1502HIL.1502magazineMagazine; 'Millinery and Boutique', October 1963. Belonged to donor's mother who was a milliner.
HIL-1531HIL.1531articlenewspaper article clipping 'It's hats off as workers leave factory for last time'. Regarding the closure of Christy & Co, Stockport. The article is in two pieces (numbered HIL.1531.1 & HIL.1531.2). The article features photographs of some of the workers - Foreman Gary Whittaker, Jimmy Brindley (the last apprentice to be taken on), and Richard Booth. Newspaper unknown. date 1997?
HIL-1532HIL.1532articlenewspaper article clipping; 'Hats on', regarding the closure of Christy & Co., the decline in popularity of the hat, touching also on Labour and Tony Blair. Newspaper and date unknown.
HIL-1545HIL.1545advertisementprinted scanned copy of a Christys' London advert/graphic; Christys' London 1847; has a detailed border, and features 11 illustrations of hats (top hats, sports, education) which are numbered.
HIL-1546HIL.1546advertisementprinted scanned copy of a Christys' London advert/graphic; Christys' London 1842; has a detail ed border, and features 12 illustrations of hats (bonnets and top hats) which are numbered; two are titled 'THE QUEENS', 'THE PRINCE ALBERT'.
RD49bRD.49hatgrey and black net hat with an elasticated head band
RD50aRD.50hatTeal green pillbox hat made from blocked fur felt trimmed with a band of pleated fabric tied in a bow. The petersham headfitting indicates the bow sits to the side.
RD51aRD.51hatBlocked green fur/felt hat trimmed with veiling and an ostrich feather pom-pom, W Wright & Son. Style popularised in the early 1980s by Princess Diana.
RD55aRD.55hatladies green and gold velour hat
2011-223aSTOPM:2011.223hatMiniature hat, entitled 'Caterpillar Heaven'; with orange velvet caterpillar, green velvet lettuce and black net detailing; with the netting inspired by vegetable packaging and the red plastic detailing taking inspiration from red onions; additional black-headed hat pin decoration; oval base with lime green silk interior to crown, with comb for affixing to head; made by Molly Bunce, 2010.
2011-261aSTOPM:2011.261hatShaped straw hat in pale pink, entitled 'Curve'; four loose, upright pleats, on darted shaped base, with wire detailing; elastic fixing and milliner's label to underside; by milliner Sarah Cant, 2007.
2017-15aSTOPM:2017.15hatHat; ladies hat made by Donald Lovat Fraser; blue, small crown, asymmetric brim with headstrap that fits behind the head. Blocked buckram foundation covered with fabric and embroidered in sky blue thread. Trimmed with a sky blue piece of fabric fashioned into a bow. The inside of the crown has been marked with the year 1938.
2017-16aSTOPM:2017.16hatHat; ladies hat made by Donald Lovat Fraser; ruched brown velvet crown. Blocked buckram foundation covered with velvet. Trimmed with beads and curled osctrich feathers.
2017-17aSTOPM:2017.17hatHat; ladies hat made by Donald Lovat Fraser; green velvet brimless. Blocked buckram foundation covered with velvet. Trimmed with imitation drop pearls, diamantes and a 'snake head' style trim which hangs over the forehead.
2017-18aSTOPM:2017.18hatHat; ladies hat made by Donald Lovat Fraser; turban style. Pink tulle foundation covered with patterned floral velvet and embroidered panels. Trimmed with black sequins and a pink tassel.
2017-19aSTOPM:2017.19hatHat; ladies toque hat made by Donald Lovat Fraser. Black, gold and orange fabric over a buckram foundation. Trimmed with 2 navy curled ostrich feathers and string of pearls with a decorative metal fixing. Marked inside D.L. Fraser.
2017-20aSTOPM:2017.20hatHat; ladies percher hat made by Donald Lovat Fraser. Teal coloured velvet over a buckram foundation. Heavilly beaded with a section that hangs over the forehead. Lined in pink felt.
2017-21aSTOPM:2017.21hatHat; ladies fez style hat made by Donald Lovat Fraser. Olive coloured velvet over a buckram foundation. Heavily emroibered and beaded scarf, possibly Indian fabric, attached. Appliqued onto hat with sections of fabric cut away.
2017-22aSTOPM:2017.22hatHat; ladies duchess style hat made by Donald Lovat Fraser. Sea grass coloured embroidered satin over a buckram foundation and beaded. Fur brim.
2017-27aSTOPM:2017.27hatHat; Edwardian style hat with upturned brim made by Donald Lovat Fraser. Beaver lamb covered buckram crown and brim. Inside of brim covered with embroidered cream fabric. Velvet over buckram foundation and then embroidered with yellow thread. Trimmed with real fur. Marked 1912 inside.
2017-28aSTOPM:2017.28hatHat; made by Donald Lovat Fraser. Buckram crown with pale blue fabric; embroidered with a dark blue thread. Heart-shaped brim which has been covered with tartan fabric on the underside.
2017-29aSTOPM:2017.29hatHat; made by Donald Lovat Fraser. Brimless. Turquoise and maroon velvet over a buckram foundation with feather trim to the side. Marked inside D.L.FRASER 1850
2017-41i cropSTOPM:2017.41hatHat; made by Donald Lovat Fraser. Beret style percher; buckram foundation covered in pink and lime velvet and embroidered. Strip of pink fabric have been woven across the crown. Trimmed with two pink ostrich feather tassels.
2017-46aSTOPM:2017.46hatHat; made by Donald Lovat Fraser. Heart-shaped pink percher with an arrow and large pink ostrich feather plume. Heavily beaded. Fitted with a comb to secure to the head. Pink damask fabric over a buckram foundation.
2017-121STOPM:2017.121trimHat trim; bunnch of red berries; presumably originally attached to one of Donald Lovat Fraser hats.
2017-122STOPM:2017.122trimHat trim; bunch of berries; presumably originally attached to one of Donald Lovat Fraser hats.
2017-123STOPM:2017.123trimHat trim; black feather; presumably originally attached to one of Donald Lovat Fraser hats.
2017-125aSTOPM:2017.125catalogueCatalogue for Wallace & Thorn hats Spring 1935. Belonged to Donald Lovat Fraser.
2017-132STOPM:2017.132signSign; possibly used as internal shop signage in Donald Lovat Fraser's shop / studio in Mayfair.
2018-1aSTOPM:2018.1hatHat; yellow straw; black velvet band; trimmed with yellow mimosa and green leaves; inside label reads Thornton Valley; c.1960s (possibly earlier due to label style? 1930s - 1950s?).
2018-2aSTOPM:2018.2hatHat; beige fabric over buckram foundation; decorative waved silk orange band to front; trimmed with brown velvet bow; covered with orange net; inside label reads Escott Hats; c.1960s.
2018-3aSTOPM:2018.3hatHat; by Lily Dache; red and beige straw like fabric over a foundation; tiered crown; upturned brim at the back; trimmed with band of beige petersham and bow; lined with gold satin. c.1940s.
2018-4aSTOPM:2018.4hatHat; black wool felt; angled beret in style; 1940s.
2018-5aSTOPM:2018.5hatHat; brown fur felt hat; square beret in style; worn to the back of the head; 1940s.
STOPM:2018.10hatHat; brown velvet; draped toque in style; c.1960s.
2018-13aSTOPM:2018.13hatHat; peaked cap for Russian customs and border control officer; felt crown with plastic peak; marked on the inside 'ok60-1 MNHCK'; blue flat top with upturned brim; green collar; trimmed with badge and gold braid.
2018-14aSTOPM:2018.14hatHat; peaked cap for UK Customs & Excise Male Officer; felt crown with plastic peak; trimmed to front centre with official crest.
2018-15aSTOPM:2018.15hatHat; peaked cap for UK Customs & Excise Male Officer; white cotton crown with plastic peak; trimmed with embroidered patched crest and laurel leaf style braid.
2018-16aSTOPM:2018.16hatHat; peaked cap for UK Customs & Excise Female Officer; black fur felt with upturned brim; official crest to fron centre.
2018-19aSTOPM:2018.19hatHat; pinky peach hat; slubbed fabric; stitched assymentric brim and crown; written inside is 'Renee Paris haute mode'.
2018-22aSTOPM:2018.22hat pinHat pin; metal; circular blue enamel pin head featuring cameo of woman facing left; pointing towards shaft; sterling silver mount; hinged; 274mm in length; c.1870-1910.
2018-29aSTOPM:2018.29hat pinHat pin; metal; ceramic ball pin head; with image of Georgian style woman; green fading to white (cracked with missing piece); 237mm in length c.1880-1920.
2018-30aSTOPM:2018.30hat pinHat pin; metal; ceramic ball pin head; with image of Georgian style woman; blue fading to white; 192mm in length c.1880-1920.
2018-38aSTOPM:2018.38hatHat; chestnut brown peach bloom fur felt with velour-finish; decorated with scattered pom-poms; c.1970s.
2018-44aSTOPM:2018.44hatHat; known as a kalpak; made from four panels of cream wool felt; gold trimming at joins; a gold embroidered doves sits at the top of each panel; finished with a gold tassel at the tip of the hat; national hat of Kyrgyzstan; traditionally worn by men.
2018-45aSTOPM:2018.45hatHat; Kakhetian hat; wool felt; constructed from four panels of cream wool felt; decorated with cross shaped black string; felt contains natural fibres within; made in Georgia.
2018-46aSTOPM:2018.46hatHat; Pakol hat from Nuristan, Afghanistan; man's beige wool felt hat with cream lining; flat top with fabric at base which rolls up to sit on head; three sets of triple piping decorate the rolled fabric brim.
2018-47aSTOPM:2018.47hatHat; hat from Dagestan, Russia; grey-blue wool felt hat; decorated with a brown string cross; possible Svanetian mountain hat (Georgia).
2018-53aSTOPM:2018.53hatHat; cream wool felt hat in style of a cap; rounded crown; possible hood for an unfinished fez; Albanian in origin.
2018-58aSTOPM:2018.58hat pinHat pin; metal shaft; round speckled glass ball head; black with multi-coloured spots; 164mm in length; c.1910-1950.
2018-59aSTOPM:2018.59hat pinHat pin; metal shaft; head is the sarcophagus of an Egyptian mummy; moulded from metal; decorated with coloured bands; probable tourist souvenir; 229mm in length; c.1870-1950.
2018-76bSTOPM:2018.76hat pinHat pin; metal shaft; bronze metal head in form of horse-shoe; 70mm in length; c.1870-1920.
2018-77bSTOPM:2018.77hat pinHat pin; shaft; hall-marked silver head; moulded into the form of a golf club; 280mm in length; c.1870-1920.
STOPM:2018.86brushBrush; Battersby Hats wooden hat brush, with curved black bristles and a pointed handle. The name of the company is printed in black on the centre of the back of the brush. To the right of the bristles is the text 'PURE BRISTLE MADE IN ENGLAND'. Early - mid 20th century.
2018-99aSTOPM:2018.99bookBook; 'Hat Life' spiral bound year book and directory, which was 'the encyclopedia of the men's headwear business' 1978 edition. Contains information about hat businesses, and adverts for hatting manufacturers and machinery.
2018-100aSTOPM:2018.100bookBook; 'Hat Life' spiral bound year book and directory, which was 'the encyclopedia of the men's headwear business' 1971 edition. Contains information about hat businesses, and adverts for hatting manufacturers and machinery. In the centre of the front cover is the text 'hold your hat' in the shape of a hat.
2018-105aSTOPM:2018.105hatHat; blue and pink pillbox hat; pleated chiffon; trimmed with pleated bow at back and blue veiling; made by Edna Wallace; c.1960s.
2018-106aSTOPM:2018.106hatHat; burgundy heart-shaped wool felt; pancake style hat made by Jacoll Hatting; c.1950s.
2018-110aSTOPM:2018.110hatHat; silver-grey fur felt with black felt banding to brim; cream silk lining with tan leather headband to interior; manufactured by Joseph E. Ward of Stockport.
2018-116aSTOPM:2018.116hatHat; pith helmet made from layers of strips of bamboo with sunburst detail at the crown and small metal vents. Made in Burma (Myanmar); unsure if antique helmet or a contemporary tourist item; probable 1980s.
2018-118aSTOPM:2018.118postcardPostcard featuring a portrait of a woman in a hat to celebrate St Catherine's Day. It reads 'Vive Ste Catherine!' on the front with a handwritten message in French on the back; this saints day falls on 25th November and is traditionally marked in France; St Catherine is the patron saint of 'unmarried women' and milliners.
IMG_0215STOPM:2018.122toyToy; dolls house in the form of a hat shop. Hand made using an archival box as the building; one side of the box is cut so this opens the shop up to enable play. The inside of the box and the box lid have been decorated with patterned paper to emulate wallpaper. Three small mirrors have been attached to the walls, and a rectangular wooden block wrapped in cork/wood effect paper has been attached to the floor to emulate a shop unit. A blue plastic sorting box with 16 removable plastic boxes has been attached to the floor to emulate a stock unit. Has been named 'Amarnie's hat shop' with cut out letters glued to the outside of the box.
2018-147aSTOPM:2018.147signSign; Felt Hatters and Trimmers' Unions of Great Britain sign, showing the union label which is gummed to the leather inside the hat, to show manufacture by union members and as a guarantee of best manufacture - instructing consumers to buy no felt hat without it!". Gold border
2018-148aSTOPM:2018.148badgeEnamelled metal badge; for members of Felt Hatters and Trimmers' Unions of Great Britain, with motto 'BE JUST AND FEAR NOT'; in red, white, green and gold, with the design of a pair of shaking hands; made in Birmingham; 20th Century.
2018-149aSTOPM:2018.149bookBook; Journeyman Hatters' of Manchester Fair Trade Union travelling book; belonged to Mr John Dobbing. Date stamps on inside pages dating from 1892 - 1895. Contains information about the places Mr Dobbing travelled to for work, how long he was working there for, contributions he has made, and has been stamped by the relevant hatters' unions. The front cover features a woodcut picture at the centre within an oval shape, and information about the establishment of the Hatters' Society. The book has been sent in the post to T. Perkins, as the address and postage stamp and date stamp are at the top right corner (when turned landscape).
2018-158aSTOPM:2018.158bookletBooklet; 'The Company and Fellowship of Cappers and Feltmakers at the City of Coventry', by Miss Mary Dormer Harris. Information about the origin of the guild. Printed by Swain & Co. Ltd. 1921.
2018-159STOPM:2018.159posterSign; Christy & Co. wanted poster for hat finishers; rectangular poster on thin paper, printed with block black lettering 'TO JOURNEYMEN HAT FINISHERS AND TIPPERS-OFF. WANTED, Some respectable first-rate Workmen (7 Years' Men) who are willing to go to London, where the best Prices for finishing and tipping-off will be given. Apply to Wm. M. & John Christy & Co. Canal Street, Stockport. 24th of MARCH, 1831.'
2018-171aSTOPM:2018.171hatHat; top hat; lining bears the retailer's mark 'Austin Reed of Regent Street, London'; belonged to Joseph Poliakoff; grandfather of playwright Stephen Poliakoff.
2018-185aSTOPM:2018.185hatHat; Frederick Fox formal/wedding hat; dior net foundation; the crown is covered entirely in white shot silk, the large brim is trimmed with curled white coque feathers. The inside has a white silk covered sweat band., and a Frederick Fox label as well as a stitched capital 'F'.
2018-194aSTOPM:2018.194hatHat; oversized straw hat, a mix between a sun 'coolie' hat and a beret; topped with two curled pieces of straw at the point of the crown. Made by Susy Krakowski. Worn by the donor in August 1997 at her son's wedding in Macclesfield.
2018-223STOPM:2018.223printModern print (1980s/1990s?) of an old photograph, printed onto photographic glossy paper. The black and white photo shows four female workers finishing hats by attaching lining. On the rear wall several personal photographs and posters are visible. The photograph appears to date from the 1940s. It has not been labelled.
2019-2aSTOPM:2019.2hatLadies Edwardian hat or bonnet; c. 1901 to 1910. Black, covered in elaborate black straw lace, with gold velvet details attached; also accompanied by a black ribbon bow and strap. Foundation of circular wire frame, wrapped in the same straw material.
2019-3aSTOPM:2019.3hatLadies Edwardian hat or small bonnet; wire bonnet foundation covered with black silk fabric (or possibly crepe?) and trimmed with pleated/ruched black silk at the centre of the bonnet at the top and at the back. Two long ribbons are attached to the back of the bonnet for tying around the wearer's neck. Printed/stamped gold maker's label just visible inside the hat (underneath a sewn-closed lining) which is J. Davies & Co., of Commerce House, Aberdare. circa 1901 to 1910. Possibly a mourning bonnet.
2019-5aSTOPM:2019.5hatLadies hat; black hat with black velvet trim edge and allover checkerboard-style covering of black fabric and gold lurex/tinsel-threaded black velvet. Hat is lined with black fabric. No maker's label present. There is a hat pin threaded through the front of the hat which has a pearl bead. Circa 1980s.
2019-7aSTOPM:2019.7hatLadies fur and velvet hat; cossack style hat made from real fur, trimmed with a circular piece of ribbed brown velvet at the centre of the crown, and also a bow at the back made from the same ribbed brown velvet material and a pom-pom of fur. Inside is lined with brown fabric, and has a black petersham ribbon hat band. Belonged to Mrs Hilda Henshaw, who worked for Christy's & Lincoln Bennett. She was also a milliner - so possibly handmade this hat. Mid-late 20th century.
2019-10aSTOPM:2019.10hatLadies occasion hat; bright pink pillbox style hat made from synthetic satin fabric, trimmed with pink tutu-style net abound the crown. No maker's label. 1960s/70s.
2019-22aSTOPM:2019.22hatHat; ladies lace and crochet cap; possibly a night cap; cream lace net with crocheted turquoise thread. Early 20th century.
2019-27-8aSTOPM:2019.27.8trimmingHat trimming; hand made artificial flower hat trimming. Flower has black and white petals like a rosette, made with folded fabric. There are small black beads in a cluster at the centre; two black fabric leaves and a paper-wrapped wire stem. The trimming is unused shop stock as still has a 'Pattn. No. M 972 /Invoice No.1422/Made in England' label attached. Early 20th century.
2019-27-12aSTOPM:2019.27.12trimmingHat trimming; hand made artificial flowers hat trimming. Small posy of brown, yellow and beige lacquered(?) petal flowers, waxed green fabric leaves, with stems attached with wire, covered with rolled green fabric. The trimming is unused shop stock as still has a 'Pattn. No.566/Invoice No.622' label attached. Early 20th century.
2019-27-13STOPM:2019.27.13trimmingHat trimming; hand made artificial flowers hat trimming. Small posy of black, brown, orange, red and beige fabric and velvet flowers, waxed green fabric leaves, with stems attached with wire, covered with rolled green fabric. The trimming is unused shop stock, although no label is present. Early 20th century.
2019-27-14STOPM:2019.27.14trimmingHat trimming; hand made artificial flowers hat trimming. Small posy of black, brown and beige fabric and velvet flowers, waxed green fabric leaves, with stems attached with wire, covered with rolled green fabric. The trimming is unused shop stock, although no label is present. Early 20th century.
2019-27-15aSTOPM:2019.27.15trimmingHat trimming; hand made artificial flower hat trimming. Flower has dark blue and purple velvet petals, with white velvet leaves and a paper-wrapped wire stem. The trimming is unused shop stock as still has a 'Pattn. No. K 613/Invoice No.0123' label attached. Early 20th century.
2019-27-21aSTOPM:2019.27.21trimmingHat trimming; hand made artificial flowers hat trimming. Small posy of pansies made from coral and yellow felt and velvet, with speckled green and blue fabric leaves, tied together on a short wire stem. The trimming is unused shop stock as still has 'Pattn. No. 159/Invoice No.15x/Made in England' label attached. Early 20th century.
2019-27-27aSTOPM:2019.27.27trimmingHat trimming; hand made artificial flower hat trimming. Large flower made from alternating black and white velvet petals, and with black velvet stems. The trimming is unused shop stock as still has a 'Pattn. No./Invoice No.A4-16/Made in England' label under the gauze on the reverse (with a pin also through the label but this is not attached to the trimming or the gauze). Early 20th century.
2019-27-35aSTOPM:2019.27.35trimmingHat trimming; hand made artificial flowers hat trimming. Small garland of green fabric leaves with swirled green fabric and a central turquoise velvet flower, all attached to a wire stem. The trimming is unused shop stock, although no label is present. Early 20th century.
2019-27-41aSTOPM:2019.27.41trimmingHat trimming; hand made artificial flowers hat trimming. Bunch of flowers made with multicoloured felt petals, and two green felt leaves, with fabric-wrapped wire stems. The trimming is unused shop stock, although no label is present. Early 20th century.
2019-27-64STOPM:2019.27.64trimmingHat trimming; length of lilac petersham ribbon; rolled up around brown paper into a cylinder. Ribbon width is 88mm. The trimming is unused shop stock. There is a small metal pin keeping the ribbon end tucked into the brown paper. Early/mid 20th century.
2019-27-97STOPM:2019.27.97trimmingHat trimming; length of black silk ribbon with painterly floral design of mustard yellow, green, pink and blue flowers with green foliage; rolled up around folded brown paper into a cylinder. Ribbon width is 166mm. The trimming is used shop stock. Early/mid 20th century.
2019-27-98STOPM:2019.27.98trimmingHat trimming; length of blue velvet ribbon with floral design of pink and blue flowers with green stems; rolled up around folded brown paper into a cylinder. Ribbon width is 88mm. The trimming is used shop stock. Early/mid 20th century.
2019-27-99STOPM:2019.27.99trimmingHat trimming; length of dark purple silk ribbon with painterly floral design of pink and purple roses with green leaves; rolled up around itself. Ribbon width is 120mm. The trimming is used shop stock. Early/mid 20th century.
2019-27-101STOPM:2019.27.101trimmingHat trimming; hand made hat trimming. Waxed green paper (?) in the shape of three rings, with leaves. The reverse of the trimming is backed with brown card. The trimming is unused shop stock as it is still affixed to a paper backing. 'Pattern No./Invoice No.' label attached to trimming. Early 20th century.
2019-27-109aSTOPM:2019.27.109trimmingTrimming; Large embroidered peacock trimming (probably for clothing); fabric backing embroidered with orange, yellow, purple, green and blue silky threads. The trimming is unused shop stock, although no backing paper is present. Early 20th century.
2019-57-1aSTOPM:2019.57.1.2hatHat; maroon fabric unfinished headpiece trimmed with hand-made fabric and wire red rose flower, paper-covered wire stem and green leaves. Early - mid-20th century. Made by the Elsie Maud Hardwick, the mother of the donor.
2019-65a-1STOPM:2019.65hatHat; montera, astrakhan fur and silk, date unknown. The hat forms a cylindrical bowl shape covered in black astrakhan fur; rounded bulbs" protrude from either side covered in the same material; the inside is lined with yellow silk. The montera is an element of the 'traje de luces' (suit of lights)
2019-66aSTOPM:2019.66hatHat; montera, astrakhan fur and silk, date unknown. The hat forms an elongated bowl shape covered in black astrakhan fur, on the crown there is a red embroidered stylised flower shape; rounded bulbs" protrude from either side covered in the same material; the inside is lined with red silk
2019-67aSTOPM:2019.67hatHat; Sindhi cap or topi, embroidered cotton with sequins, date unknown. This predominantly maroon hat has a cyclindrical shape with a distinctive cut out section at the forehead; it is intricately embroidered with yellow and black thread and dotted with mirrored sequins. A traditional hat of the Sindhi people of the Sindh province of Pakistan, it is a significant part of the national dress in the region - however, it is also worn in other parts of the Indian subcontinent.
2019_75bSTOPM:2019.75hatHat; olive felt trilby, trimmed with brown grosgrain ribbon with repeating white stitch pattern detail, around the crown and at the edges of the brim. The hat is an 'Attaboy Hilton' hat, made by the Denton Hat Company. There is a leather hat band inside the hat which is stamped with 'attaboy', with Hatters Union stamp stitched underneath. Mid 20th Century?
2019-81aSTOPM:2019.81hatHat; kufi or topi, embroidered cotton with sequins, date unknown. This predominantly purple hat has a cyclindrical shape with a blue tassel in the centre of the crown; it is intricately embroidered with blue thread and dotted with mirrored sequins and paired white beads. Possibly originates in Pakistan.
2019-83-1aSTOPM:2019.83.1gameBoard game box and lid, 'Flying Hats'; 1960s. Lid features a coloured illustration of the game being played on its outer side, with the comment Flying Hats: The Ever-Popular Game of Skill for All Ages"; on the inside are the rules of the game in English and French ('Flying Hats'/'Chapeaux Volants'). The object of the game is to fire small plastic hats towards a target in order to win points. It appears games of this sort date back to the early 1800s
2019-84-1aSTOPM:2019.84.1hatHat; bridal floral headpiece and veil; the ivory net veil has two parts, the shorter 'blusher' to cover the face and the longer veil (floor-length) at the back. The sides and edges of the net are embroidered with squiggles, flowers, leaves and wedding bells. There are two runs of fabric white roses, rosebuds and green leaves sitting at either side of the face. No maker's label. Worn by Brenda Hadfield on her wedding day to George Daniel Marshall at the Parish Church of St. Mark, Bredbury, on 19th January 1952. The veil looks 1940s in style, worn later in 1952.
2019-91-2aSTOPM:2019.91.2bagBag; brown stitched leather gladstone bag used to carry trade union documents etc. to union meetings and negotiations. Feaures a handle, brass fixings and a lock, with separate sections inside the case. Made by Cheney England (company name stamped on the latch).
2019-91-8STOPM:2019.91.8ticketticket; 1940s; pink card, ticket for admission to the General Meeting of the Amalgamated Society of Journeymen Felt Hatters, Denton District.
2019-91-18STOPM:2019.91.18bookbook; 70 Years of Trade Unionism
2019-91-26STOPM:2019.91.26bookletHatting booklet entitled 'The Glad Hatter'; 'The Story of a Trade that offers you a Career'; issued by The British Felt Hat Manufacturers' Federation, Crown Point, Denton, Manchester; circa 1945.
2019.95bSTOPM:2019.95hatBlack pillbox hat, completely covered in black feathers which stick out frorm the crown.
2019-27-99STOPM:2019.99liningDecorative hat lining sewn on to a piece of buff card; Possibly for display or educational purposes; Hat lining brown and light blue, intricately stitched pleats, with image of lady in centre.
2019-27-100aSTOPM:2019.100liningDecorative hat lining sewn on to a piece of buff card; Possibly for display or educational purposes; Hat lining in pink silk, intricately stitched pleats, with silver stamp in centre.
STOPM:2020.1hat blockHat block; puzzle hat block; five-piece segmented beret-style wooden hat block. Letters to indicate the front, back, left and right of the hat block have been written on the underside of the segments. 'H. HENSHAW' has also been written on the underside of the block. Belonged to Mrs Hilda Henshaw, who worked for Christy's & Lincoln Bennett. She was also a milliner.
2020-3aSTOPM:2020.3hatHat; beret style pillbox ladies hat; covered with teal velvet; trimmed with turquoise satin ribbon around the crown; ribbon meets at the nape and forms a bow; label reads 'Condor Model'; c.1960s
2020-9aSTOPM:2020.9hat blockHat block; puzzle hat block; five-piece partially segmented baker-boy style wooden hat block. 'F / 6|63' is stamped on the underside of the block. Letters to indicate the left and right of the hat block have been written on the underside of the segments. 'HENSHAW' has been written on the underside of the block. Belonged to Mrs Hilda Henshaw, who worked for Christy's & Lincoln Bennett. She was also a milliner.
2020-17-2aSTOPM:2020.17.2hat blockHat block; metal hat block attachment for an electrical heated metal felt hat forming stand; made by Frank Spieler, Frankfurt. Late 20th century.
2020-20 (2)STOPM:2020.20spokeshavespokeshave; tool used to shave hat blocks; consists of a metal blade in a double-ended wooden handle; 'BERT' carved across the handle; belonged to Bert Gurden, Walter Plant's (son of William) block making assistant.
2020-28cSTOPM:2020.28hat blockHat block; puzzle hat block; five-piece segmented turban style hat block. '133 | 59' is stamped on the underside of one of the outer pieces of the block. Letters to indicate the front, back, left and right of the hat block have been written on the underside of the segments. 'H.S. HENSHAW' has also been written on the underside of the block. Belonged to Mrs Hilda Henshaw, who worked for Christy's & Lincoln Bennett. She was also a milliner.
2020-56aSTOPM:2020.56hatHat; child's cream coloured crochet bonnet. Main body of the hat is crochet, with a lacy frill around the face edge, and a ribbon threaded through towards the nape. There is a floral crochet pattern at the back of the head and raised spots across the top and sides (Picot Stitch?). probably home made, date unknown.
2020-62 (1)STOPM:2020.62hatHat; womens pink feather pillbox; feathers edged with green tips; red lining; c.1960s
2020-63 (1)STOPM:2020.63hatHat; womens feather hat; dior net foundation; decorated with orange, brown and black hackle feathers in sculptured form; c.1960s
2020-65aSTOPM:2020.65magazineMagazine; 'British Millinery', published in January 1950, volume 21, number 1. Mainly black and white publication with the occasional colour accent in illustrations and advertisements; 52 pages. Front cover is red with black text and illustrated with a black and white brush-stroke style image of the side profile of a woman wearing a coat with a large collar, and a turban hat with oversided feather trimming. Contains bulletins on hatting trade and export; sales figures; seasonal previews for Spring styles - with photographs of models wearing hats and illustrations; advertisements for milliners shops, hat making and millinery supplies, show events and exhibitions; job advertisements and retirements; announcements such as business name changes; tips and guidance on colours; retail tips, etc. Published by United Trade Press Ltd. for British Hat Trade Publications Ltd.
2020-67aSTOPM:2020.67magazineMagazine; 'British Millinery', published in July 1950, volume 21, number 7. Mainly black and white publication with the occasional colour accent in illustrations and advertisements; 56 pages. Front cover is cream with both black and red text and illustrated with a black, red and green brush-stroke style image of a woman looking over her shoulder towards the reader, wearing a red and a green shawl/large scarf. Contains bulletins on hatting trade and export; gross production and sales figures; seasonal previews for Autumn styles - with photographs of models wearing hats and illustrations; advertisements for milliners shops, hat making and millinery supplies; job advertisements; features such as hairdresser's views on millinery, children's hats, the decline of a luton block maker's business etc. Published by United Trade Press Ltd. for British Hat Trade Publications Ltd.
2020-70aSTOPM:2020.70magazineMagazine; 'British Millinery', published in January 1951, volume 22, number 1. Mainly black and white publication with the occasional colour accent in illustrations and advertisements; 56 pages. Front cover is missing. Contains bulletins on hatting trade and export; sales figures; seasonal previews for Spring styles - with photographs of models wearing hats and illustrations; advertisements for milliners shops, hat making and millinery supplies; show events and exhibitions; job advertisements and announcements of new companies. Features include hats in films, a war-developed hand cream now used by milliners, etc. Published by United Trade Press Ltd. for British Hat Trade Publications Ltd.
STOPM:2020.87trophyTrophy; silver two-handled cup on a black plastic base, circa 1930s. Overall ladies singles trophy, engraved on front 'Battersby Tennis Club / Ladies' Singles Championship / Presented by / W J Battersby Esq'.
2020-103 (1)STOPM:2020.103hat pinHat pin; metal shaft; blown glass turquoise tear drop head; 153mm in length; c.1870-1930.
2020-107 (3)STOPM:2020.107hat pinHat pin; flat metal shaft; small hole near top of shaft; ivory coloured ball shaped resin head; encased in rounded metal cage moulded from end of shaft; 98mm in length; c.1870-1930.
STOPM:2020.110hatHat; ladies hat; blue satin with a net lining. The body of the hat is formed from a series of overlapping, folded petals"
2020-113aSTOPM:2020.113boxBox; hat box from Battersby & Co. The front of the box features text and a design in black of various coins, places and dates - presumably exhibitions? On the front edge of the lid is a printed section to be filled in regarding the order number, size, colour, shape etc. of the hat. This has been completed in handwritten ink. A sticker from the gentleman's outfitters A.J. Ridley & Son Ltd. of Ipswich is affixed to the lid, which a handwritten name and address has been added to - J.B. Ricketts, Esq., 10 Redan Street. The box is empty. Circa 1920s/30s?
2020-122 (2)STOPM:2020.122.2trimmingfeather hat trimming; pink and black in colour; two types of feather combined to create sweeping wing; pasted onto black felt; shop tag on reverse with design number '3525'; two of a pair.
2020-123STOPM:2020.123signMetal advertising sign shop display card; rectangular, with stand to reverse; red, with gold border and text printed to front aspect alongside Christys' crest, reading 'Christy Head Wear'; from Christys' hat factory; circa mid to late 20th century.
2020-165 (1)STOPM:2020.165trimmingfeather hat trimming; purple with white stripes; bundle of ostrich feathers bound with wire covered with felt; creates fluffy fan or tassel.
STOPM:2020.214signSign; A4-size card retail shop display sign with card foot on reverse, for Christy & Co. Ltd. Black band across top and bottom, with a full colour image at centre featuring a white female model and a white male model stood behind a red classoc car, wearing country/outdoor wear and a Christy 'fold-a-cap'. Text on the sign across the top centre is The ORIGINAL' with the 'fold a cap' within a red square. At the bottom centre is the Christy logo in white
2020-244-6STOPM:2020.244.6photographPhotograph; black and white photograph of inside the hatting company S.R Carrington & Sons Ltd.; photograph depicts the forming section of the factory. There are ten male workers handling the fur hoods and cones at machines, and towards the centre at the back is a man who may be their supervisor. Inscription in pencil above the photograph on the album page says 'Forming & [Handling?]'. 1934. Landscape format.
STOPM:2020.244.7photographPhotograph; black and white photograph of inside the hatting company S.R Carrington & Sons Ltd.; photograph depicts the machine blocking section of the factory. There are six male workers visible at machines and benches. Inscription in pencil above the photograph on the album page says 'Machine Blocking'. 1934. Landscape format.
2020-244-21STOPM:2020.244.21photographPhotograph; black and white photograph of inside the hatting company S.R Carrington & Sons Ltd.; photograph depicts a section of the factory. There are five male workers in the image, some of these may be supervisors. There are hat blocks and hoods on the tables. 1934. Landscape format.
2020-244-22STOPM:2020.244.22photographPhotograph; black and white photograph of inside the hatting company S.R Carrington & Sons Ltd.; photograph depicts the block making (woodwork) shop at the factory. There are five male workers in the image, and one young boy at the foreground who is feeding a piece of wood into a circular saw. There are metal rings hung above. 1934. Landscape format.
2020-276-4STOPM:2020.276.4photographphotograph; black and white print; taken at William Plant's Hat Block Factory; shows Bert Gurden at work bench showing two women a process of hat block making; there are lots of tools on the bench; c.1976.
2020-276-11STOPM:2020.276.11photographphotograph; black and white print; taken at William Plant's Hat Factory; shows overhead line shafts and pulley system which operates machinery; hat blocks on benches below; c.1976.
2020-285aSTOPM:2020.285postcardpostcard; shows illustration of ginger cat wearing a blue hat with big black bow; he stands upright and is stomping along whilst carrying a hat box; postcard is titled 'THE GLAD EYE'; greeting on reverse reads, 'Another Pussy come to see Edgar from Oxford'; post-date stamped 7th December 1915, Oxford.
2020-289STOPM:2020.289postcardpostcard; shows illustration of woman in green dress; her face is covered by a huge green hat which is velvet to the touch; she is carrying an oversized hat pin with regular sized handbag; postcard is titled 'The H'attire of the Hour'; greeting on reverse begins, 'don't you like the new hats they are quite the fashion..'; post-date stamped 4th January, 1911.
2020-291 (1)STOPM:2020.291magazinemagazine; 'Women's Illustrated'; red cover featuring black and white photo of a woman with pin curls wearing a white hat; inner rectangle advertises 'Two Princess Hats! For You To Make'; features articles, stories, letters and adverts; 'Special Bank Holiday' edition, dated August 2nd, 1952.
2020-297-5STOPM:2020.297.5photographphotograph; black and white print; shows felt cap with peak shaped over a hat block on large plain background; hat block is stamped with size 6 7/8 ; probable sales/catalogue shot; c.1950s/1960s.
2020-297-7STOPM:2020.297.7photographphotograph; black and white print; shows felt cap with peak shaped over a hat block on large plain background; probable sales/catalogue shot; c.1950s/1960s.
2020-299 (1)STOPM:2020.299photographphotograph; colour print; shows Walter Plant standing at block copying machine in William Plant's Hat Block Factory; copied from STOPM:2020.321; pasted inside white photo folder; April 1973.
2020-320 (1)STOPM:2020.320tagtag; buff cardboard; reinforced perforation to left; for attachment to military hat blocks made by William Plant's during World War 1; written across top ARMY BLOCKS / ARMY SERVICE - VERY URGENT in black and red ink; c.1914-1918.
2020-402aSTOPM:2020.402bookletBooklet; Doran Brothers operating instructions booklet for their Brim Finishing Machine; booklet made from a single folded sheet of paper; green background on the front page with white and black text; inside on the left page are written operating instructions, and on the right page are three figures - black and white photographic images of the machine with numbered arrwos pointing to parts. Produced by the Doran Brothers, Hatters' Machinists in Danbury, Connecticut, USA. Mid-20th Century.

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