A black, fur-covered top hat. The hat has a band around the base, and a turned up brim with a layer of striped material. The inside of the hat is lined with cream leather, and on the edge of the brim is a gold stamp with " Made in England " and a royal seal with the lettering " CHRISTYS / LONDON " at the top. On the inside top of the hat is a rearing lion motif within an oval, with the letters ' A ' and ' R ' on either side of the lion. Beneath this is the maker's mark " AUSTIN REED / Of Regent Street ' . The hat is stored in a dark brown hat box, with a yellow cardboard inner. The lid of the hat box has the remnants of a New Zealand Railways label, with " Top hat / only " in handwritten ink.
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