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    Sale 5422

    Fine European Costume & Textiles

    1 October 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 304

    AN EARLY NAVAL BICORNE

    C. 1800

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    AN EARLY NAVAL BICORNE
    C. 1800
    silk plush and flat-folding, with silver metal tassels to either end
    21in. (53.3cm.) when flat
    Paper label: 'Ovey, Patentee, 41 Fleet Street, London'


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    Thomas Ovey was established as a hatter in Fleet Street in 1794, when he was listed in Kent's Directory, as well as in 1796, when he was called for jury service in a treason case. He received a patent for a new method of hat production in 1799. This hat appears to date between 1799 and 1813, by when Abraham Dee had taken over Ovey's business.

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