bell-topper

bell-topper

n
(Clothing & Fashion) obsolete informal NZ a tall silk hat
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The last Chief Librarian to live on the premises and the last to wear a bell-topper to work, he began working in the library in 1881, retiring at the age of 60, some 44 years later.
There is no sign of the bell-topper. Its era, like that of Armstrong was over by 1925.