This is a super hat and the photos truly don't do it justice at all, as it looks so much better in person than it shows in the photos! The black straw brim is somewhat wide and turned up in Breton style. The edge of the brim is detailed with black grosgrain ribbon trim, and, of course, the deep crown is completed covered with gossamer soft white feathers....the feathers just make me think of a Swan, for some reason. I am not an expert on feathers and am not sure from what variety of fowl these originate, but they surely create a fantastic effect! Each individual feather has obviously been glued to the material which forms the basis of the crown. In one photo, I tried to show the detail of the feathers, and in doing so, I seemed to get an exaggerated photo of the glue which has yellowed over the last 50 years! This can be seen more from the back of the hat as opposed to the front....and then, not anywhere as noticeable as the photo portrays it to be. The inside of the hat is not lined and there is a wide black grosgrain ribbon headband with two attached combs. Stunning!
Condition: Very Good
This hat was never worn and still retains the original price tag. I have previously mentioned the photo of the feathers and the issue of the glue, which has darkened over the years. As, I said, this looks far worse in the photo. Other than this, it's perfect.
Label: Ann Marie, and original paper price tag of $18.00 (quite an expensive hat in the 1960's!)
Height of Crown: Approximately 6"
Outer Circumference of Brim: 41"
Inner Circumference: 21 ½"
This seller is a proud member of The Costume Society of America (CSA) and The Vintage Fashion Guild(VFG).
Item ID: 223