Late 1940's-Early 1950's Navy Blue Wool Felt Helmet Style Hat With Dramatic Ostrich Feather Plumes

This unique hat made from fine navy blue wool felt is quite striking, to say the least! The body of the hat is a definite helmet style and, of course the plumes of navy blue ostrich feathers give it even more of a military look. The crown of the hat has a sculpted circular section, which is not readily visible because it's mostly hidden by the feathers which sweep gracefully from the front of the hat to the back. The base of the hat which surrounds the face takes several elegant curves.....dipping lower on each side of the face. The quills of the two ostrich feather plumes are neatly hidden at the front center of the hat in a grosgrain ribbon pocket which is comprised of layers of "V" shaped pieces of the material. The hat is unlined and has an inner navy blue grosgrain ribbon hatband. I must admit this hat has been a little bit of a puzzle to date and I'm honestly still not sure, but based upon the materials used and the fabrication of the hat, I've come to the conclusion that is was made in the 40's-50's period. I spent much time trying to find a hat which was similar, but I never did. The large ostrich feather plumes float gracefully and give the hat a sense of movement.....and, it is truly a stunning creation!

Condition: Very Good

The body of the hat is in excellent condition, but as is the case with many hats with delicate feathers, there may be some very slight damage to some of the's difficult to tell if there are any, because there are so many! For the most part, the feathers are in wonderful condition and there are very few issues that can be detected. There is just the slightest bit of fading or soiling to the inner grosgrain hatband....and, I do mean slight! Overall, considering the fact that the feathers are almost freeform, it's really amazing that they have not been broken....they are still light and airy and lovely!

Label: Union Label LK 376846 Union Made in U.S.A

And, stamped into the inner crown felt: Doeskin Felt, 100% Wool, Geo. W. Bollman & Co., Inc.

Size: None Present


Height of Crown Measured at Front of Hat: 6"

Feathers are Approximately 15" Long

Circumference of Inner Grosgrain Hatband: 22 ½"

This seller is a proud member of The Costume Society of America (CSA) and The Vintage Fashion Guild (VFG).

Item ID: 450

Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Navy Blue, Size: 22 1/2"

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