Extraordinary black cocktail hat with alternating bands of sheer and opaque horsehair & lovely pearls
Approx. Hat Size: 20" (51 cm); Outside Diameter: 9" (23 cm) ; Height of Crown 4" (10 cm)
Condition: Very good.
Mark/Label: Eva Mae, Hats of Distinction
One of a kind - Buy now.
Mid Century cocktail hat with open and closed weave horsehair creating sheer and opaque layers. Crown is molded like a helmet and is festooned with cream faux pearls. A rope braid circles the top. This is an exquisite design.
Hair taken from the manes and tails of horses was widely used in millinery in the 19th Century (and earlier) to 1910s and with less frequency through the 1930s and 1940s. Most 20th century hats, like this one, are made of synthetic horsehair, usually crinoline.
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