Vintage early 1940s folding wool envelope hat in a black and white shepherd’s check is trimmed with coral grosgrain ribbon and nods both to a soldier’s garrison or side cap and to the headgear of a Scottish Highlander.
It evokes a Glengarry with its border tartan pattern as well as its cockade-like triple pleat and trailing ribbon in back. And its rakish angle and handy foldability nod to the garrison caps worn throughout WWII.
Though Glengarry-style envelope hats first came on the scene in the late 1930s, they became hugely popular in a folding version like this in 1942, as a February Portsmouth Herald article attests: “You'll be seeing a great deal of the simple and tailored 'Envelope Hat' this year”.
The following month, a Pennsylania newspaper elaborated: “"A word about folding hats: They're worth it. Designed to coax the hatless girl into wearing headgear, these hats, envelope hats some call them, fold as flat as a flounder so that they may be slipped into one's handbag or pocket or packed in one's overnight bag."
Lined in brown rayon faille, the hat measures 9.5” from front to back when laid flat and 3.5” high. It measures 20” circumference inside the base of the hat, and the ribbons hang down 13.5” in back.
No labels of any kind. Possibly homemade; if so, the production quality is quite professional.
Very good condition, with the shell and lining in excellent condition but a hint of colorfade to the coral ribbon.
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