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Vintage 1940s WWII Bridal Tilt Hat or Bonnet w/Blue Ribbon & Veil
Lovely early to mid-1940s tilt hat topped with orange blossoms and rich folds of pale blue slipper satin ribbon has a silk net veil and streamers to leave loose in the back or tie, bonnet-style, under the chin (as in photo #7). The base is a small brown buckram circle with O-ring for anchoring the hat on the head, and there are also two hat pins for this purpose, tipped with teardrop-shaped “pearls” in a mint blue to match the underside of the ribbon.
The choice of orange blossoms to adorn the hat; the delicate ribbon and veil color; and the “make do and mend” aesthetic in the atypical but attractive blend of materials indicate that this sweet hat likely graced a WWII-era wedding.
The measurements of this “one-size” hat are: Buckram base 5.5” diameter; O-ring 17.5”; “streamers” 17” long; veil 11” in front; and diameter of the entire hat 8”.
Excellent condition, with one break to the left streamer (photo #8).
NOTE: Many thanks to VFG friends for helping me to better understand this hat!
Proud Member of the VFG Vintage Fashion Guild
Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: pale blue/off-white/brown, Size: OS
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