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Top hat
This is one of the top hats that folds flat for storage and can be flicked open by hitting the brim against the palm of your hand. The Danes call these “Klap-chapeau.” Folding types are also known as “opera hats.” Sadly, it’s hard to think of any occasion nowadays (including going to the opera) that would call for the use of a hat like this. Actually, this is my second opera hat. When I was little, I entertained the neighbor kids with magic tricks and saved up for months to buy a top hat at a local antique store. I still have it, but it’s falling apart after years of abuse and kicks from angry rabbits. According legend, the style was first seen on January 15, 1797, when it was worn on the head of the English hatmaker, John Hetheringtom.