Top hat, London, England, 1831-1920

Made:
1831-1920 in London
Top hat, by Cuthbertson, London, 1831-1920. Hat on white male dummy, blue perspex background.

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Top hat, by Cuthbertson, London, 1831-1920. Hat on white male dummy, blue perspex background.
Science Museum Group Collection
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Top hat, by Cuthbertson, London, 1831-1920.

During the 1800s the physician’s job became more defined and their social standing improved – signified by this high quality top hat. It is covered with cloth, has a leather interior and was made by a milliner (hat maker) called Cuthbertson. Physicians became a unified professional class to rival the clergy and lawyers. The British Medical Association was founded in 1832 to “promote the medical and allied sciences and to maintain the honour and interests of the medical profession”. Physicians were in a competitive market with a whole range of other practitioners, including chemists, homeopaths and herbalists.

Details

Category:
Wellcome (general)
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A627001
Materials:
complete, felt, leather, silk, textile and velvet
type:
hat
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • costume
  • headgear