Sweeping circa 1918 or 1919 navy blue straw bicorne was made in France and sold at the Rochester-based department store Sibley, Lindsay & Curr. The hat’s essentially simple silhouette—round crown and sculpted, turned up brim—is made dramatic by the generous twist of black silk faille fabric in front, which is wired on top to structure the two “horns” as they extend up and outward.
Lined in black silk, the hat is labelled: “Sibley, Lindsay & Curr So, Fine Millinery, 1 Rue Ambroise Thomas, Paris France and Rochester, N.Y.” There is also a cloth museum inventory tag present.
Founded in 1868, Sibley Lindsay and Curr was originally called “The Boston Store” because the founders had gotten their start in business in Boston. By 1918, around the time of this hat’s manufacture, the company had rebuilt an enormous flagship store in Rochester after a devastating fire destroyed its first building in1904; had retail stores in Minneapolis and Pennsylvania; and had purchasing offices in New York, Paris, Manchester (England) and Chemnitz (Germany).
With a 24” circumference inside the base of the crown, the hat stands 5” high in the center front and 3.25” high in the center back, and measures 10” from front to back of the hat on top, and 15” from the tip of one horn to the other.
Good condition, sturdy and clean and with the lining intact. Issues are splitting to the straw around the base of the hat (photo #8); I would recommend stabilizing this area to prevent further separation if the hat is to be worn.
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Item ID: aust70e
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