Chic black structured straw cloche embellished with a crown covered in black silk petals. Attached is a thick panel of black netting to cover a portion of the face. Even sporting an original hat pin in the back. Interior is finished with a black net base and the standard petersham ribbon along with two side placement combs.
Inner circumference is 22 inches.
Lovely condition showing no wear or age.
Label is Miss Frederics of John Frederics and a store label of L. S. Ayres & Co. John Frederics (Frederic Hirst) was partnered with Mr. John (John Harberger) from 1929 until 1948. Together they created many hats for the movies, notably for Gone With The Wind. In 1948, they dissolved their partnership with Hirst keeping the original name of Mr John Frederics and Harberger starting the "Mr John" label. Miss Frederics is a line of Mr Frederics (info courtesy of the Vintage Fashion Guild).
L. S. Ayres and Co. was an Indianapolis department store founded in 1872. Known for women's fashions and their Tea Room. Operated until 2006 at which time it was acquired by Macy's Midwest.
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