Hat tippers come in all shapes and sizes, with mustaches or without, some
with glasses, some with perfect eyesight, and with an endless variety of
hat styles. The one thing that is usually consistent is that hat
tippers almost always work by pulling on a string attached to a little
wooden ball. And I said, usually. The Chimney Sweep hat tipper,
second from the left, works with a wooden lever instead.
Here we see a poorly carved tipper and a great one. On the left,
very little carving or detail, a sloppy paint job, and a plastic head.
But, on the right, a wonderful Black Cowboy hat tipper with a real leather
hat. He, too, has a lever instead of a string. A Hat Tipper
in mint condition should bow his head and tip his hat when you pull the
string, and then return to the original position once the string is released.
But these guys are great. Monkey Hat Tippers begging for pennies.
Instead of strings, these tip their hats when you press down on their pointed,
carved wooden tails. Actually, I think the one on the right looks
more like a frog, but not all carvers were created equal, which makes collecting
bottle stoppers more interesting. And, on the right, another
rare one. This is the only "Double Hat Tipper" I've ever seen.
The stopper itself isn't that old, but I love it. And, it works perfectly.