Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Vintage Hat #3...

Here's a famous hat from the late 30s early 40s. In the late 30s hats went vertical and were often decorated with dramatic feathers. This hat was originally purchased from a theater professor who said that it is just like one worn in a Katharine Hepburn movie.

The hat body is composed of black velvet intricately quilted with top stitching in diamond shapes on the crown and the quilting encircles the brim. The crown is stiffened with starched organdy? and the underside of the brim lined and quilted with velvet. A black grosgrain ribbon encircles the crown with a huge bow in front. Piercing the bow is a pheasant spike in russet, brown, gold and orange, shading to red orange at the tip, a yellow orange curlicue and a fuzzy red feather. The label reads "Original Shorlon Model" with a small tag at the side showing the size to be 22.

I purchased this hat off of the Etsy store Raven Vintage.

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