Adorable black wool tilt hat from the late 1930s or very early 40s. Everyone's steampunk favorite, the miniature top hat design, festooned with acid-yellow ostrich feathers. The wool strap goes around the back of your head, over your hair, and has one elasticized end for give and comfort. Additional plain elastic goes beneath your hair and helps hold the hat in place. Either strap could be tucked into the hat if you'd prefer to simply pin it to your hairdo. Made in the U.S.A. From the Jane K. estate.
We show the hat on Betty (blonde) with the feathers at back, which is the "correct" way, but hats may be worn however you prefer -- there's no true right or wrong. So, we also show it on Jane (brunet) with the feathers at front.
Labels: Merrimac Hat Corp.
this company was in business from 1856 through 1971, and by the 1940s had become the world's largest manufacturer of hat bodies
Fiber/Care: 96% wool, 4% aralac fiber (a moth-proof, wool-like fiber, Aralac was manufactured from the milk protein casein. It was patented in 1937 and used as a wool substitute until 1948, when wool supplies were no longer limited)
Condition: the feathers are a bit delicate, but still soft and full
*As with all out non-washable, natural-fiber items, we've given this hat the museum freeze/thaw treatment to protect you (and our stock) from any hidden surprises. It is ready to safely wear.*
approx. 4"/10cm tall, 7"/17.5cm wide, 8"/20cm long
(BDV SKU: 00594-005)
☞ Our items are not newly manufactured "vintage style" pieces. They are true vintage, at least 20 years old. Please read condition report provided above. ☜
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