ANSWER

It can be very

difficult to restore a silk top hat oneself and this is often detrimental to

its value. Old silk top hats, depending on their size (the larger the

better), can be quite valuable and any extra damage to the silk can

affect this.

Patey (tel 020 7706 7632) has extensive experience and is

able to repair and patch the silk top hats carefully, but cannot replace it.

Patey can also rebuild the body of the hat and correct most other

problems.

Refurbishment normally takes around four weeks and costs up to

£200.

As regards storage, Patey suggests putting the silk top hatsin

a box with a few moth or cedar balls, stuffing the crown with newspaper

to draw any moisture from it and, if dusty, brushing the top hat with a soft

clothes brush.

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