A black, beaver fur top hat owned and worn by a Mr. Wright at his wedding in Leeds, England. Mr. Wright later moved to the United States and settled in Cone, Michigan.
This top hat is the earliest example in the GRPM's collections and takes the popular "stovepipe" form which features a taller crown than later examples. Furthermore, the hat was manufactered in Paris, a popular destination for furs collected in North America, and the center of the high fashion world.
Great Lakes Fur Traders (after 2015) At the heart of the fur trade was the development of effective communication between two radically different cultures. Both the Native Americans and the Europeans were changed by their contact with each other, yet they managed to create a mutually beneficial system which persisted for 250 years.
Virtual History Scavenger Hunt (June 2020) Use this scavenger hunt to explore artifacts and specimens in the GRPM’s Digital Collections. This scavenger hunt will help you explore key parts of history at several levels - our city, our state, our country, and our world!