Dating to the late Victorian era c1890 is this truly amazing and very rare black felt hat. So Downton Abbey and very fashionable again with Steampunk collectors.
Hand made..It is trimmed with wide black gross grain ribbon and 4 large pinkish red velvet flowers and small green leaves.
With a unique double brim crown it was designed to be worn slightly forward on the head and at a jaunty angle.
I have had this stunning hat in my stage costume collection for about 50 years and am now down sizing.
With no makers labels it has hand stitching inside and is a hand made one of a kind piece. The black felt is in great condition and very sturdy.
The beautiful velvet flowers are also in very good condition.
It originally had a black velvet spotted net to cover the face. Only part of this remains..see photos..but is easily replaced.
Measuring 2 1/2" top to bottom, 10" across brim edge to brim edge and 7 1/2" head diameter the Antique condition is good.
One for the collector of unique original Victoriana.
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