The most perceptive collectors, the truest connoisseurs of early museum-quality textiles, the lovers of historical costume pieces -- all of these will be swooning over the sight of this exquisite antique jester hat. Vibrantly-colored silk is woven into distinct panels on the different portions of this intricate hat, crafted as a costume piece for a court jester. The original brass bells sound great when they jingle, giving off that distinctive sound. This piece can also be suited for a super-large doll (although even we don't have a doll big enough on which to display this hat!), but is likely most appropriate as a display costume piece. This is a must-have for collectors of museum-quality items. An extraordinary piece of antique history, this hat is a beauty, and bound to please someone!
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Court jester hat, in multiple-colored silk construction with embroidery and decorative stitching. Brass bells on peaks.
Measurements: 22" circumference (11" length when flat). 10.5" height, from base to peak height of hat.
Condition: Overall excellent. There is some fraying here and there to the silk panels, mostly to a single goldenrod panel. Some fading of colors, and wear to edges. Overall good, however. The bells work well and jingle nicely. Bells are slightly dented. Overall intact and structurally sound. Nice presentation and construction.
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**We now ship EVERY SINGLE ONE of our antique costume pieces in archival, museum quality, acid free tissue paper. We store them in an acid free, climate controlled environment, because we want you to get a textile that has been frozen in time. As curators of these antiques, we know how important it is for them to be as fresh for the next generation of students and enthusiasts as they were for us. This is factored into the price of our merchandise. We hope you can enjoy these rare finds for years to come, and we want to make sure that when they reach you, they are ready for careful love and display if you so chose, or to be stored in a destruction-free paper. Happy shopping!** LBS 1/4/17
Museum-Quality Early c. 1845 Antique Jester Silk Hat with Bells