CHRISTYS’ HATTERS

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MADAM: I have bought Ev­er­green since 1988 and there are so many won­der­fully in­ter­est­ing ar­ti­cles in each is­sue. I love to read of the his­tory of build­ings, vil­lages, and churches and I’d like to know more about an old English busi­ness — Christys’, the hatters of Bond Street. They were my fa­ther’s fam­ily, but I know very lit­tle about the firm, or if it is still in busi­ness. I think they were es­tab­lished in the 18th cen­tury and made hats for the mil­i­tary, the po­lice and the gen­eral pub­lic. — HE­LEN CHRISTY- RIX, LOWER BELFORD, NSW, AUS­TRALIA. * Christy & Co. are def­i­nitely still in busi­ness, mak­ing hats at their fac­tory in Oxfordshire. The com­pany, es­tab­lished by Miller Christy in 1773, has a shop in Princes Ar­cade, London, and sup­plies shops around the world. Prince Al­bert started wear­ing Christys’ top hats and that royal con­nec­tion, to­gether with mak­ing hats for the mil­i­tary and po­lice, con­tin­ues to­day. Fa­mous wear­ers of Christys’ Hom­burg hats were Ed­ward VII, Sir Win­ston Churchill and An­thony Eden. — Ed.

JON JAYES

A mil­i­tary band and a po­lice­man at Wind­sor Cas­tle. But which Bri­tish com­pany makes their dis­tinc­tive head­wear? See let­ter this page.

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