Charming circa 1920 to 1922 square-crowned cloche from Gerould is fashioned of brown velvet trimmed in taupe and wedgwood blue devore, and studded on the upturned front brim with an accent of black faux "seashells".
The seashells, which appear to be made of celluloid or a similar early plastic, are sewn in a triangular array just below a half-bow like tab of the devore. The ample folds of the velvet are pleated and tucked artfully around the brim, which like the very top of the crown is structured not with by a wire frame but with a firm, flexible material; remainder of the hat is unstructured.
Lined in black silk with a tiny bow to indicate the back, the hat is labelled "Gerould, 449 Fifth Avenue, New York London Paris". With a crown height of 3 ½", it measures 12" from side to side, 10" from front to back and 23" just inside the brim.
Very good to excellent condition, clean and sturdy with rubbing to the velvet folds under the brim (see photo #7) and one spot where the lining will need to be retacked.
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