A leather hide Hat Case by R.W. Forsyth Ltd of Edinburgh and Glasgow.
This case is lined in dark blue velvet and edged in blue leather to the interior. The lid has a pair of elasticated ribbons to take a boater or opera hat and the case has further fittings to take 2 more hats with a suede pocket to the right had side.
Forsyths were known for their quality and this Hat Box is no exception. The lid has strong hide support straps, the handle is well shaped for comfort, the leather edging is good detail and the metal fittings good quality.
The case is marked with the initials W.G.M. and a cut swing label gives the owner's name of W. G. Mutter of Latchmoor, Brockenhurst. William Graham Mutter was born in 1896, the son of James Mutter, the Ottoman Consul. The family were from Glasgow and later Ardross. Mutter, known by his middle name Graham was an army officer by 1916. Graham survived the Great War and lived in Glasgow before moving to Rockenhurst in Hampshire.
A good Hat Box by a good maker. Early 20th Century.