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Object Name Hat, Top
Catalog Number 0985.10.00018
Description Top hat consisting of black beaver fur plush on flat crown and brim; a thin gross grain back ribbon hatband along bottom of crown with a flat bow; 2 inch flat brim; possibly silk underbrim; black leather sweat band tied with white thread at one end; a board shaper lining the interior of the crown with a multicolored striped fabric lining the top of the crown. A piece of paper attached to that fabric saying "This hat was worn by one of the signers of the ordinance of secession, Major William S. Lyles of Fairfield District, during the session of the Convention."

Flat boater hat consisting of finely braided straw; black wool 1.25 in. hat band; 2.25 in. brim; a light brown leather sweat band; and a gathered red silk liner tied with multicolored braided thread at the top of the interior crown. A paper label with Gothic script initials, "J. D." is sewn into the crown under the liner.
Dimensions H-7 W-10.25 L-11.75 inches
Owned William S. Lyles
Provenance William S. Lyles wore this top hat; he was one of the signers of the Ordinance of Secession for South Carolina during the Secession Convention.
People Lyles, William S.
Search Terms South Carolina Ordinance of Secession, December 20, 1860
Subjects hats
headgear
Secession
States' rights