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The 10 Best Top Hats

At Historical Emporium, we have been selling authentic period clothing since 2003, with thousands of satisfied customers around the world.

We have sold hundreds of top hats, and we listen closely to customer feedback to make sure we're delivering on the promise of unique, authentic clothing, world class service, and great prices.

We survey every customer to gauge their opinion of the products they bought, and put together this list of the top-ranked top hats in our store.

Shop with confidence, knowing that these terrific top hats have been tested and endorsed by our other customers, and that you will receive five star service along with a great value!


#1 Rated Top Hat
Panama Straw Top Hat - Natural

 Victorian Old West Mens Hats Ivory Straw Top |Antique Vintage Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume | Gifts for Him

ITEM 006213




Reviews of this Product

Average Rating: 5.00/5.00 stars from 8 reviews

Fantastic Panama Straw Top Hat
Heavens to Murgatroid this is a fine hat! So well done, love it to death.
Apr 30, 2020
Woodstock GA
Very Nice
This is a very nice quality hat. Would not Hesitate to buy from again.
Jun 21, 2019
Kansas City KS
Great looking Hat
This is one of those items that brings out the compulsive in me and makes me want to order two! Great fit (I wear a lrg), great looking and comfortable. I usually doubt straw hats at this price but this hat is well constructed and I am choosing it often to wear outside during the summer days. I will order another one as I fear I might wear this one out. Just love this hat.
Oct 11, 2018
Woodland Hills Ca
Straw Hat
Fits fantasticly! It is light weight, and breezy! Just what I wanted!
Jul 26, 2018
Ethan Cass
Hermann Mi
Wonderful Quality
This hat is very well made and has a nice flair to it. I was searching for a straw top hat, like you do, and really lucked out finding Historical Emporium.
May 18, 2017

I really like this hat!
The straw is tightly and finely hand woven Panama Hat from Ecuador. The price is very reasonable. I have a Panama Fedora for which I paid over $200 six years ago and this is comparable in quality. I'll be using it for my musical stage performances in Columbia, CA this next month and for years to come. For the hot weather you can't beat a Panama. With moderate care, they last forever. I wanted a topper that was a little lower in height and this fits the bill perfectly. I really like this hat!
Apr 27, 2017
John S
Tacoma WA
Crown for a King!
My favorite hat ever! I saw this hat on the head of one of the Carnival kings for 2017 last week on the New Orleans local news!
Jun 2, 2016
Marty Graw
New Orleans Lo
Summer Hat
Hat is perfect. Just what I wanted for summer.
May 8, 2016
Old Guy
laramie WY


#2 Rated Top Hat
Lincoln Tall Crown Top Hat

 Victorian Mens Hats Black Wool Felt Top |Antique Vintage Old Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume |

ITEM 006991




Reviews of this Product

Average Rating: 5.00/5.00 stars from 14 reviews

The Real Deal
This was no cheap costume party cardboard hat. This was a good quality, felt hat that was very comfortable to wear. I almost did not give it as the gift it was bought to be. Needless to say my best friend loved it.
Mar 12, 2021
Lincoln Hat
Excellent quality!Highly recommend buying from here.
Feb 22, 2021
Columbus OH
It was everything I wanted. It fit perfectly. Keep up the good work!!!
Sep 4, 2020
Ken Burke
West Hartford Co
Best hat of my life
This hat has made me a better man.
May 15, 2020
Boston Su
Best hat of my life
This hat has made me a better man.
May 14, 2020
Boston Su
Perfect And Well Priced
I love this hat! It was the perfect birthday present for my brother. Every detail is there, and it came less than 24 hours after I purchased it. It is tall enough to suit my needs and every detail is high quality. Good for an Abraham Lincoln costume but also fine as a regular top hat.
Jan 3, 2020
Secoya Hyannis
San Francisco Ca
The Tops of the Top Hats
This hat is excellent in appearance, and very well constructed. It is ideal for a tall man as its height is proportionate for a tall person. My head size is a bit larger than the Large size but not large enough for Extra Large so I used a hat jack to stretch it a bit. It fits perfectly! I wore it for the first time at my installation as Worshipful Master of my Masonic Lodge and it was a hit! I shall wear it at all meetings of my lodge, as the Master is supposed to do.
Jun 14, 2019
WM Don
Lowell MA
Top Notch Top Hat
Quick shipping on these quality top hat for our play! Thank you so very much
May 22, 2019
Britton SD
Great quality
Perfect for the Holidays, quality workmanship, 33 hats in my wardrobe, this ranks near the top.
Dec 14, 2018
Tilton Ne
Outstanding Quality!
I was on the fence between this top hat and the Victorian top hat, but chose this one due to the price. I was pleasantly surprised by the craftsmanship of the hat and how it looks. I will be wearing it this week for a bicentennial celebration. Only complaint is that it is a little loose, but knowing how the sizing works I'd prefer it to be a little loose than a little snug :)
Jun 28, 2018
Rochester Ne
Top hat
I LOVE IT AND SO DO MY FANS! Very nice quality for the price
Apr 25, 2018
Creepz The Clown
Houston Tx
Top Hat Takes the Cake!
When I got the e-mail from Historical Emporium with the adv for the Lincoln Tall Crown Top Hat, I knew I had to have one. I actually bought one for myself and one for my son who is a great fan of Abe Lincoln, and teaches history in middle school here. The hats arrived promptly. Both fit perfectly. They are tall, stiff, very black, and quite eye-catching. This is an incredible hat which will go perfectly with my HE cut-away coat.
Jan 3, 2018
McKinney TX
Stovepipe hat
Excellent product. Good materials. Looks great
Dec 15, 2017
Anita Atherton
Independence Ka
Top Hat
It is, indeed, a Top Hat. It is well made and fills a much needed niche in any Reenactor/Actor's hat collection. I have one of the original screen worn high toppers made in Rome, Italy for the film Gangs of New York in my collection, and this one is close in quality, and at a much more affordable price. Repros made by the same Italian firm run upwards of $300+shipping to the US. I have wanted one I can wear for day-to-day shows and I'm not about to wear my collector's item for that! This hat fits the bill nicely. It is made of a nice sturdy wool with enough lacquer to keep it looking nice even after it has been shot off your head a few times , or sat on at a cotillion. I recommend it highly. - Sourdoh
Jul 6, 2017
Peoria Ar


#3 Rated Top Hat
Deluxe John Bull Top Hat - Burgundy

 Victorian Old West Steampunk Mens Hats Burgundy Red Wool Felt Top |Antique Vintage Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume |

ITEM 007641




Reviews of this Product

Average Rating: 5.00/5.00 stars from 3 reviews

john bull hat
went perfectly with my burgandy shirt. wore it to Dickens on the Strand in Galveston, Tx. recievednumerous compliments on it and the rest of my costume. fit perfect. will be wearing it to other(not necessarily costume shows)
Dec 14, 2019
Cleburne Tx
Hat is amazing!
Best hat I've purchased (though I've only purchased five).
Oct 30, 2019

Great Hat
This is a great hat.
Jul 13, 2019


#4 Rated Top Hat
Elegant Top Hat - Ivory

 Victorian Steampunk Mens Hats Ivory Wool Felt Top |Antique Vintage Old Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume |

ITEM 003496




Reviews of this Product

Average Rating: 4.94/5.00 stars from 16 reviews

I usually have a hard time finding hats to fit my 7 5/8 head, but this hat fit perfect. It looked PERFECT for the occasion as well.
Jan 15, 2021
D'meer Marsel
San Diego CA
I'm a big Victorian era clothing fan and I wanted a top hat to match my ivory suit. I ordered the hat and not only was the pricing great, but I received a quality top hat and I couldn't take it off for hours!!! Thanks Historical Emporium for the business. I will be back for the gray one soon!
Mar 24, 2019
Chula Vista CA
I scoured the web and known hat suppliers but was only able to find a 'white' top hat that was a costume piece, take over a month to ship or require custom ordering. HE had what I needed in stock and after wearing it, is certainly the quality I had hoped for.
Mar 7, 2019
Redwood City Ca
Ivory Top Hat
I have a black top hat just like this one. I am very pleased with how it is made and the type of service I have got. I would recommend this site and this hat to anyone who enjoys the formal look. I have a very large head and it can be difficult to find a hat that fits. This one fits great and I am very pleased.
Apr 5, 2018
Albany OR
Great Hat and Well Made
I wear a black top hat during the cooler months but during the summer I want to wear white and seersucker suits, so wanted a white top hat. This is very well made and beautiful. I stuff the crown with baby stuffed rabbits so that I can surprise the children that come through the door. (And more than a few of the adults).
Jun 22, 2017
French Lick In
Nice hat!
Sep 16, 2016

great looking hat
I love my hat It fits perfectly and is exactly what I was looking for.
Jul 13, 2015

Ivory top hat
May 17, 2015

Beautiful Hat Indeed
This hat was a good price, and it's a very nice quality. I only wish that it came in snow white instead of Ivory, but, a little fabric spray paint took care of that problem just fine. I would definitely order again from this company. Shipping was fast, and my hate came without any damage as it was well packaged. Thank you guys!
Apr 22, 2015
Palm Springs Ca
concert attire
Perfect fit, classic style. This hat is about as cool as it gets. I'm going to wear it to the Leon Russell concert.
May 9, 2014
Loudon Tn
Perfect tophat
I picked this up to complete a full cream suit and this finished the outfit perfectly. Very high quality and nice fit. The fitting guide is accurate so you can trust it.
Apr 5, 2014
Matthew J Van Howe
Chicago IL
Top Hats
I have only ordered a couple of items to date from Historical Emporium, a black top hat and a white top hat for two very different evenings - Night of a Thousand Stevies in New York and Steampunk Monster Hunters party in Calgary. Everytime I wear these hats I get compliments after compliments. They are absolutely beautiful and are treasures of mine. I plan on doing much more shopping with Historical the special events come up. :)
Oct 25, 2013
Calgary Al
top hat
This top hat was exactly what I was looking for and it is of excellent quality. I am looking forward to wearing it to the theater.
Jul 5, 2013
Bill Rivernider
Well made and beautiful.
Jun 28, 2013

The hat is imprssive. It fits in my had size and my suite. I post my pictur on facebook and a lot of friend "wow", very authentic. . well done.
Mar 1, 2013
Duc nguyen
Bloomington MN


#5 Rated Top Hat
Panama Straw Top Hat - Black

 Victorian Old West Mens Hats Black Straw Top |Antique Vintage Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume |

ITEM 006214




Reviews of this Product

Average Rating: 5.00/5.00 stars from 7 reviews

AWESOME hat!!! JUST what we wanted!! Good workmanship!! And JUST as pictured and as sized! Thanks much!!
Sep 20, 2019
panama straw top hat
size lg natural hat fit perfect , so i ordered the black too.. highly recommend.. -d
Aug 1, 2018
rockin' d
Black Panama Topper
I have a number of round hats (toppers) and prefer fur felt. As such, I'm not too keen on straw hats, but wanted something for the warmer weather. I couldn't be more pleased with this hat. It is, quite simply, the completest thing -- well done!
Aug 7, 2017
Jack S.
Hampton Vi
Great hat
I've been looking for a black straw topper and this is the one. I have to natural version and wanted the black version. That's s was a great price.
May 19, 2016
von Buck
Stoneham MA
Panama Straw Top Hat
May 19, 2016

Topper Exquisite'
This Topper is Just perfect in every way great styling Comfy to wear in any weather although it's a spring summer look. Very Sturdy and The Ladies Love it! What more do you need to complete any wardrobe.
May 13, 2016
Skeeter Pants
Wayne NJ
Puttin on the Ritz, baby!
This hat is awsome!!! Sturdy yet light weight, perfect hat for warm climates. The first day I wore it I paired it with the wasteland black eyewear and an Armani trench coat. I felt like people wanted to get my autograph. Worth every penny I paid!!!
Nov 5, 2015
Don Evans
Cumming GA


#6 Rated Top Hat
Deluxe John Bull Top Hat - Brown

 Victorian Old West Mens Hats Brown Wool Felt Top |Antique Vintage Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume | Gifts for Him

ITEM 003877




Reviews of this Product

Average Rating: 4.41/5.00 stars from 17 reviews

John Bull Top Hat
Size was not very close to what was advertised, and on the label. Hat was misshapen, this for a $95 hat, even if it was made in China.
Dec 6, 2018
David Overby
Peosta IA
Just What I Wanted
Great Hat and I get so many compliments when I wear it!
Feb 26, 2016
Rod F
El Paso TX
This is a great product. I love it. I will buy from here again in the future
Jul 1, 2015

Looks great, weird fit
The hat is very elegant. Got lots of complements. Looks good with steampunk goggles on them. However, the hat is not oval (head-shaped) enough. On my head, it binds at the front and back -- which is sort-of good since it has gaps on the left and right, and only only the front/back pressure is holding it on. Even so, it rocks back-and-forth, left-right as my head tilts.
Apr 8, 2015
Dave Lennert
Portland Or
My Favorite Hat
This hat (like most products I find on here) is durable, yet elegant. It's reinforced quite well to retain its shape including the slight "bell" shape the brim has. It's not a bad price as well. I'd recommend it.
Apr 21, 2014
Christopher R.
Top Hat
I purchased this top hat for my fiance to wear at our wedding. This hat is of great quality, the head chart was helpful and the delivery was quick.
Mar 10, 2014
Jacksonville FL
John Bull hat
easy site navigation, easy check out. good prices and many compliments on my new deluxe john bull top hat. TOTALLY SATISFIED WILL RETURN FOR ANOTHER PURCHASE.
Feb 28, 2014
Sedona Ar
love this hat
This hat is everything we hoped it would be. It's beautiful!!
Nov 1, 2013
Cary NC
Deluxe John Bull Top Hat - Brown
Unbelievable style and quality. Includes excellent feather embellishment not pictured. I shall only remove this hat for sleeping. By far my favorite purchase of 2013. Seems under-priced for such high level of quality.
Oct 3, 2013
Raleigh NC
great hat
i have not experienced any of the sizing problems some of the other customers had. this hat fits my head quite nicely and is made from sturdy materials with a very nice silky lining
Sep 27, 2013
Golden Co
Great hat
Fits perfectly. Well made and adds that touch of class you need to dress up any outfit. Love it!
Sep 11, 2013

interesting size
Hat size was a little bit bigger than expected. It was much fatter (side to side) than a normal hat, and much shorter (front to back). It fits on my head, but tents to tilt side to side. I expect I could reshape it, but haven't tried to do so yet, so don't know how that would work.
Aug 30, 2013

John Bull top Hat
Fits well, looks sharp, I'm very pleased! Now I need a top coat to go with it.
Aug 19, 2013
Hudson WI
boyfriend loves it
I ordered this for my boyfriend for our anniversary. it looks just like the picture and fits pretty well (a little big, but that may have been a measuring error on my part). he practically won't take it off!
Jun 21, 2013

i ordered the black top hat for my husband, he really loved it, so i ordered it in the gray and the brown. Customer service answers the phone happy and is very helpful. thanks.
Mar 9, 2013
sharon shelton
houston MS


#7 Rated Top Hat
Straw Top Hat

 Victorian Old West Mens Hats Ivory Straw Top |Antique Vintage Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume |

ITEM 003243




Reviews of this Product

Average Rating: 4.92/5.00 stars from 12 reviews

Top hat
Good straw, well woven, shape is not a top hat however. The hat leansvincand the top is not flat. Having to have it blocked. The stretch elastic fashion band was ridiculous. Changing it to a Petersham.
Aug 28, 2019
Flowery Branch GA
Jul 26, 2019
Elijah Orum Young Jr
Monroe LA
great hat!
I bought this for my son to wear to a Regency picnic. The hat is well made and he received many compliments. His head measures 22.875 so I just bought the 23 inch. It fits great. This is a nice good-looking hat for a decent price.
Jul 18, 2018
Jet City wa
Good Buy
The hat is well made and everything that I expected. I'm going to upgrade the hat band as I planned to do before the purchase. I would recommend this product to anyone wanting a period correct straw top hat that can easily be upgraded.
Oct 7, 2016

Straw Top Hat
A great look for a summer country look circa 1800-1850.
Feb 26, 2016
Rush Ne
Straw Top Hat
The Straw Top Hat is a well made and handsome product. It receives many compliments and has received an offer of trade by a stranger. The shipping time was quick and the shipping charges were inexpensive, as it cost me 3X's more in charges to ship for an exchange for a smaller size. Thank you for such a fun product!
Dec 1, 2015
C Jones
Mesa AZ
Straw Top Hat
The straw top hat is everything it appears to be in the photo, as well as more. It is well made and fits my head in accordance to the size charts. With this hat, you will be noted at any social or private event. I feel like Mr. Darcy.
Jun 25, 2015
Dr. Plasczyk
New Orleans LA
This hat is very sturdy and well made. It will last two months of highly active performances easily at regular wear and tear. Great fit and the crown is very high so it is excellent for that comic character!
Jun 18, 2015
Theatre Costumer

Straw top hat
I ordered your straw top hat because I wanted a low - ebb, relaxed summer formal look. It appeared to be what I would like. The order came quickly. The hat really seems to be well made. However, I was surprised to see how TALL it is! The site did say how tall it would be, but I did not estimate the effect. Well, if I don't think I can live with it, I'll just have get another one!
Apr 3, 2015
A. L. Burke
Jamaica NY
Dec 19, 2014

Straw Top Hat
Great transaction! The hat came perfectly shipped and just in time for my sister's birthday. She had mentioned how much she wanted a Straw Top Hat and I was so fortunate to find your website. Thank you again for the great service!
Jul 6, 2012
Christie Shell
Baltimore Ma
Great Hat!
It was exactly what I was wanting! I've looked at some other ones in stores, this one is so much better finished, even got some envious looks from passer's by in Tombstone, where everyone likes to play dress-up.
Jun 3, 2011
Anachronist Painter
Phoenix AZ


#8 Rated Top Hat
Squire Top Hat - Red

 Victorian Old West Mens Hats Red Wool Felt Top |Antique Vintage Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume |

ITEM 006216




Reviews of this Product

Average Rating: 4.67/5.00 stars from 3 reviews

Styling Hat!
Best. Hat. Ever!
Nov 21, 2019
Tucson AZ
Squire Top Hat Red
The color is vibrant as in the picture. It is a firmly blocked hat.
Feb 15, 2016
Grand Junction Co
Festive Topper
My red Squire Top Hat received many compliments during the past two weeks, especially since we celebrated Christmas. The entire ordering and shipping process was tremendous. My topper arrived three days after I placed my order. It was very nicely packaged to prevent any damage in transit. I keep my chapeau in the box when I am not wearing it. I was very happy with my purchase; and I will definitely order from the Historical Emporium again. I wish I could provide you with a photo.
Dec 31, 2015
Joe Della Ferra
Belleville NJ


#9 Rated Top Hat
Cahill Hat - Chocolate

 Victorian Old West Steampunk Mens Hats Brown Wool Felt Top |Antique Vintage Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume |

ITEM 006616




Reviews of this Product

Average Rating: 4.96/5.00 stars from 27 reviews

Tom Petty Hat!
saw that tom petty's hat from the travelling wilburys video handle with care sold at auction for big bucks. got this for a much better price! looks great. very well made. and shipped in a double hat box for storage go with large as it has an adjustable string that lets you tighten the fit
Sep 3, 2021
Charlestown RI
Love the hat very good fit great delivery time will shop again soon for a low derby thank you
Aug 20, 2021
Michel ouellette
Tlmmlns On
Nice with a caveat
The hat is just as described. Maybe runs a wee bit small (however it could be my measuring - first time that buyer.) Ultimately it's a great hat. My caveat is twofold. First it doesn't list on the tag in the hat what it's made of, and two, it's made in China. I might have overlooked these two details when I purchased, but those are my thoughts. It really is a nice hat though.
Jul 9, 2021
Rh Ga
Cahill Hat
Looks great fits really well
Apr 26, 2021
Rebel Rocker
Mobile AL
Cahill Hat
Looks great fits really well
Apr 23, 2021
Rebel Rocker
Mobile AL
Love it!
This Cahill Hat is top-notch, high quality, and expertly crafted. Hats like these are usually a few hundred bucks, so this is a great deal. Packed well, arrived as promised, very pleased. Top-quality outfit, glad to do business with them.
Dec 15, 2020
Tom Cappelletti
Walnut Grove CA
Happy Hatter
Super fast delivery and very nice quality merchandise!
Nov 25, 2020
Slidell Lo
Cahill top hat
Excellent packaging and an outstanding quality hat. Historical Empire um is the best all around.
Sep 11, 2020
Rick D Miller
Belton MO
Jul 10, 2019
Tucson AZ
Hunting Hat
Perfect with my kit for fox hunting with the Aiken Hounds. Col Bob
Jan 18, 2019
Aiken SC
Cahill Hat - Chocolate
This was a gift and he loved it. Fits well and looks great.
Dec 26, 2018
Great hat
The hat is perfect for using in cowboy action shooting. Fits great, actually looks better in person than in the picture. Good solid hat.
Apr 5, 2018
Shaydee fella
Armstrong Br
Chocolate Cahill Hat
I love this hat! Made from soft felt, it fits perfectly and is adjustable. Most top hats are hard and super uncomfortable - not this one! I've gotten so many compliments since I started wearing it.
Jan 18, 2018
Berkeley CA
I got a cahill
I got a Cahill And am extremely excited, I have wanted one since the 70's iT'S a Dam fine hat ,I wood bet it's the original blocking used from 1880's well formed and didn't get crushed in transit , well done . I'm deciding , it may take time , a what do I want next list .
Dec 29, 2017
Paris Ontario on
Great quality
We loved the hat, looks just like the image. Sizing suggestions were spot on. Quality wad way better than anticipated. Amazing quality.
Oct 12, 2017
Marietta Ge


#10 Rated Top Hat
Laredo Hat - Camel

 Victorian Old West Steampunk Mens Hats Brown Wool Felt Wide Brim |Antique Vintage Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume |

ITEM 006612




Reviews of this Product

Average Rating: 4.85/5.00 stars from 20 reviews

great hat!
this hat is far from costume. it is for the brown & hot countryside. i dig it!
Jul 9, 2021
boulder co
Laredo Hat
I love my new Laredo hat. It adds to my costume. Great hat for the price. Not afraid to use it and abuse it. Not that I would abuse it.
Jun 19, 2021
Charlie Creek
Keyport Ne
May 27, 2021

May 27, 2021

Good quality, nice-looking hat
Mar 26, 2021
Tucson AZ
Love this hat
Good hat glad I bought it
Feb 12, 2021

Seeking the Perfect Hat
FOUND IT! Purchased many hats over my life and only found 2 that I love. This hat is exactly what I have been looking for! My search is over. Thank you Historical Emporium!
Jan 28, 2021
Walking Man
Pineville Mo
Laredo Hat
Excellent felt hat with great softness and durable appearance.
Dec 17, 2020
Jeronimo 41
Post Falls ID
Great hat
The hat was exactly as described, i formed a Montana peak from the open crown, it is wonderful to say the least
Aug 1, 2020
Laredo hat
Good product, good price. Don't need any add-ons.
Jan 31, 2020
Silver City NM
Slouch hat
Exactly what I wanted. I wore it to accentuate my Halloween costume and everyone loved it.
Oct 31, 2019
columbus OH
the hat was perfect! I was looking for a 1910 era farmer hat and I found it. Perfect! The hat fit perfectly.
May 17, 2018
Lago Vista TX
Laredo hat
Great deal , love it !p
Mar 8, 2018
Guy beausoleil
St-perpetue de... Qu
Dec 21, 2017

A darn nice hat
Exactly what I wanted and expected. Seems pretty well made, considering the "Made in China" tag, and has a good feel.
Sep 7, 2017
Greenwich NY


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