It took two weeks and 12 people – three designers, three engineers, two gold smiths, a plater polisher, steamer and Roberto Regasto of the Pagliari group – to make the hat, which weighed in at 4.25 kilograms and is worth R150 000.

The initial phase of the Hat being cut out on C.N.C Engraving machine.

Bending and joining of the body of  the hat by means of soldering

Hand beating of the brim to give shape  and form

Soldering of curl to brim of Hat.

Cutting out inner shape of brim.

The brim after polishing

Preperation of brim before soldering brim to body of Hat.

Fitting of brim  to body

Fitting inner lining

Completed hat ready for polishing.