Vintage early 1950s black felt cartwheel hat from “Jeanne Eileen” features the iconic New Look shape of wide brim, slightly narrower in back for better anchoring on the head, and shallow, flat crown.
Four black velvet floral appliques outlined in gold braid and enhanced by jet glass beads adorn the top of the crown and the front and sides of the brim, adding rich texture and subtle shimmer. A matching black velvet ribbon bands the crown, knotted offcenter in the front and trailing prettily to one side.
The hat is unlined, with two V-shaped wire clamps on either side to help secure it to the head. The velour-like feel of the felt body suggests that is a fur rather than wool felt.
Label reads “Jeanne Eileen Original”; I’ve been unable to learn whether this was an actual milliner or designer’s name, or simply a fictitious persona created to brand a company’s line of hats. The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has a late 1950s Jeanne Eileen Original hat in its collection, so presumably the label was in use at least throughout the decade.
Measurements are: Diameter 15”, crown depth 1.5” and circumference around the inner grosgrain ribbon 21” (as it is meant to perch on the top of the head, secured by the adjustable clamps, the hat will fit a larger head size than this).
Good to very good condition, with some rubbing to the nap of the velvet ribbon and scattered bead loss, apparent only on inspection.
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