Here is a very charming cloche with a turned up brim front and back and turned downward on each side. Unlike earlier cloche hats, the hats from this period showed more of the face and were worn slightly tilted to one side. I am not an expert on horsehair, but I suspect this hat's crown could be woven from that material or, then again, it may just be very finely woven ultra thin straw. The weave is exquisite and done in a spectacular circular pattern. The color is of the rounded crown is best described as "pumpkin" with a lovely sheen. The brim is navy blue and appears in texture to be much different than the crown. It could be straw. I wish I could be more definite on the materials and would certainly welcome expert opinions. On the right side of the hat are the remnants of a lovely silk rosette. The brim is wired. The inside of the hat is completely lined with black broadcloth lining. This hat is so comfortable to wear and beautifully shaped.
Condition: Very Good
As mentioned before, the delicate silk rosette is damaged and this can be seen in the photos. I suppose one could easily replace it....I have chosen to leave it as was found. The silk is very fragile. The woven material which forms the body of the hat is in excellent overall condition considering the age of the hat being over 80 years old! It is very sturdy and stable and has held up well through the years. There are some faintly darkened areas on the lighter material....this is not very noticeable unless you are really searching for issues. The outer wired brim shows some minor wear, but is still sturdy. The wear appears more as slight fading.....not fraying. The inner lining is in excellent condition with very few signs of wear at all.
Label: None Present
Size: None Present
Height of Crown: 5 ½"
Circumference of Wired Outer Brim: 31"
Inner Circumference of Hat: 21 ½"
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Item ID: 451
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