LAST CALL! 35% OFF! Offered is a traditional style hat with anything but ordinary detailing. This is from the Martha Weathered, mid century collection and is noted to be designed by Chanda. More about Martha in a moment. The style is boater or sailor completed in cream tone woven raffia. The 1 1/2" band is in midnight blue velvet forming a square bow at the front. A surprise is at the back where we find two ruched velvet blossoms with faux pearl centers. There are also 2 hat pins, one with a velvet tip and one with a faux pearl tip. An oyster tone veil circles the brim. Details: 6 1/4" across crown, 2" brim at front; 19" in inner circumference. We found no holes, no stains. Now, for Martha--we were not familiar with this name, but being housed in the general Chicago area--we should have been. An internet search reveals that Martha Weathered was a well-respected Chicago designer and shop owner. She opened her own shop first in the Drake hotel and later on Michigan Avenue (the Magnificent Mile) in 1922. A Chicago Tribune via the Lincolnshire Review notes that she was "one of Chicago's most luxurious fashion importers" "every elegant lady was a client of Martha's--if you wanted couture, you knew Martha would have the latest things." The shop closed in 1971. So, that establishes both the quality and the time frame for this elegant hat. We are not sure of designer Chanda. Item 10616c Please see item 10616b for another Martha Weathered hat from the same Rockford, Il estate sale.
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