Below is a photo of R' Elio Toaff ז”ל with HH Pope John Paul II. In it, we see R' Toaff wearing a hat traditionally used in certain Ashkenazi and Italki communities, which many Jekkisch chazzanim, such as R' Ezra Lasdun of Breuer's maintain.

Where could one (especially a chazzan or rav) purchase a hat of this type?

R' Elio Toaff w/ HH Pope John Paul II

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    I was this close to migrating this question to meta :)
    – Double AA
    Commented Dec 21, 2016 at 21:47
  • Very funny, DoubleAA :-) This type of Chazzan's cap looks a bit familiar to me. I wonder if I can contact someone at Sha'arei Tefilla in Washington Heights. They were a Jekkish shul, but I'm uncertain of how active they are, now. I'll see if I can locate them on the web. Maybe there's some info.
    – DanF
    Commented Dec 21, 2016 at 22:08
  • Is the purchase of any article of clothing worn by any group of Jews throughout history, on topic?
    – mevaqesh
    Commented Dec 21, 2016 at 22:21
  • @DanF - That might be a good idea but maybe contact these guys: kajinc.org/contact-us I read elsewhere on SE that this is the best way to get a hold of a Western Ashkenazi siddur...
    – ezra
    Commented Dec 21, 2016 at 23:47
  • Worth trying to contact the Livorno community. They may be of help Commented Jan 2, 2017 at 23:22

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A little late, but the Chazzon Sheini of Shaare Hatikvah got his made by a local seamstress.

  • Welcome to Mi Yodeya Chaim! Thanks for the answer.
    – mevaqesh
    Commented Oct 1, 2017 at 18:19
  • Your answer would be more complete if you provided information how to contact the seamstress that made this. Commented Oct 31, 2017 at 19:33

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