These are beaver felt top hats. They were made into the middle of the 19th century (150 years ago) when they were replaced by the more elegant silk plush top hat, seen in the next picture. There is no such thing as a beaver ‘fur’ top hat, they were made with beaver felt. If someone tells you they have a beaver top hat slowly put down whatever may be in your hands and back away slowly, careful to make no sudden movements. Contact me as soon as you are safe so I may find this person and give them a slap.
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