Advert for Henry Heath, hat makers
This is an advertisement for Henry Heath, who was a milliner in the 19th century. The term milliner dates back to 16th century Italy when it referred to a supplier of fancy goods, such as gloves and other accessories that Milan was renowned for. It was only in the 1770s that the milliner started to design and make hats. The top hat, featured on this leaflet was popular with gentlemen in the 19th century. John Hetherington, a haberdasher, originally designed this style of hat. When he wore it in public for the first time he was taken to court for ‘trying to frighten timid people’; women fainted, children screamed and a boys arm was supposedly broken when he was trampled by a frightened mob! It was worn titled to one side, not flat to the head and was worn in different colours and heights for different occasions.