This is a jaunty 'Parlez Vous' black velvet-type modified beret is embellished with a large black gabardine ribbon . It has two labels. One is a 'Palmer Creation - Montreal and New York'. The other is Astor 'Chapeau - Ottawa'. A beret is a brimless hat that sits off the face. The crown shape is usually rounded or peaked to one side. There is an inside ribbon to hold this modified beret at its jaunty cant. This lovely lady's hat is more substantial and formal than the beret commonly associated with the French resistance during WW-II. This soft black velvet-like felt beret is 21 1/2" in circumference and 9 1/2" in diameter. This fashionable treasure is probably from the early 60s and is in very good condition.
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