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Staff at London's Lock & Co. report that sales of formal hats are booming ahead of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton

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Assistant manager Jayesh Vaghela brushes a vintage silk top hat.

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The original design and a bill of sale from 1805, right, for Admiral Horatio Nelson's hat.

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Assistant manager Jayesh Vaghela holds a Conformateur device, which measures the shape of a customer's head when buying a hunting, bowler or top hat.

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Assistant manager Jayesh Vaghela holds a Conformateur device on the head of a customer.

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A customer tries on a hat.

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Vintage top hats lie on a box in a basement stock room.

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An employee lifts down a hatbox.

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A customer tries on a Panama hat.

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Conforms, copies of the shape of a person's head, from Charlie Chaplin, left, and Lord Lucan are displayed behind glass.

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Retail manager Andrew Baselgia steams a Homburg to retain its shape.

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Employee Nicholas Payne-Baader examines a collection of vintage top hats in a basement stock room.

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