Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Ruby Red & Over My Head

Meet Ruby!

My James Mcreery & Co. hat arrived today, after being 3+ days late (and nearly presumed lost)!
This particular hat is circa 1940s-1950s. Earlier Mcreery hats can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Truly a unique and beautiful hat!

This belonged to the seller's mother, who recently passed away, leaving an enormous estate of high quality items collected from all over the world. The mother left specific instructions with this hat, which I just have to share because it makes me smile: "It was to be worn toward the front of the head, slightly to the right and slightly down on the forehead. The plume feathers extending back and standing proudly in the air!"

The hat is circular and covered in red feathers, with a red-feathered mock bird curled around the front, and the black iridescent spray of rooster tail feathers coming out the back.
Better pics coming soon!!!

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