Top hat with a zoetrope inside

For a mere $500 (which is truly a bargain here), Etsy seller Ramonpiper will make you a custom top-hat with a zoetrope inside it, whose moving images can be viewed through a porthole in its high cylinder.

This is a leather top hat with an illuminated motorized praxinoscope. The praxinoscope was the next generation in moving picture technology after the zoetrope. It features six mirrored surfaces reflecting six images on a revolving cylinder that appear to move when the cylinder is set in motion. The switch in the bottom of the hat powers a battery operated motor that turns the cylinder and illumines two bulbs. There is a lens that magnifies the mirrors. The lens has a velvet-lined lens cover that swings from a brass boss and is affixed with studs at the front and rear. The hat is light enough to be worn at length and it will continue to operate while moving, walking, or doffing it to ladies.

Steampunk Victorian Leather Top Hat with Zoetrope Praxinoscope Movie Player (via Neatorama)

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5 Responses to “Top hat with a zoetrope inside”

  1. oasisob1 says:

    Bonus video of three chapeau-tropes in action:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rND1olvZnE

  2. That’s pretty amazing.

    Make sure there are no eels in it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgd1LaKQVy4

  3. Why so serious zoetrope hat lady?

    • dragonfrog says:

      No sound here (so I don’t know if I’m missing part of it), but I loved the deadpan expression – it made me giggle.

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