Early 1920s cloche crown hat in spice brown velvet has a burnt orange velvet inner ring that provides a rich—and flirtatious--glimpse of contrast color. A small cluster accent of dried leaves and berries sits over one eye in front, on the underside of the ruched velvet overbrim. A wire frame structures the crown and brim of the hat, and a sweet little paste hat pin is attached on one side.
Lined in black satin, the hat is labelled “Gainsborough Millinery”, with a charming logo evocative of Gainsborough’s “The Duchess of Devonshire”. Revived multiple times since their initial vogue in the late 18th century, huge picture hats came to be known as “Gainsborough hats”, and the association of the Duchess with an extravagant chapeau made her a natural advertising tool. Please see photo #8 for two 1922 ads from Gainsborough Millinery.
Measuring 11” in diameter, with a circumference of 22” around the orange inner brim and a crown depth of 4”, the hat is in very good condition, with both the brown velvet and the lining in excellent shape. Minor issues are rubbing to the orange velvet and a few missing stitches to ½” of the crown (photo #7).
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