This is a striking late 1930s era hat that is made of a quality red straw with red plastic currant or berry and leaf decoration that looks somewhat like holly. The hat has a wide brim and flat crown. It has a label affixed to the grosgrain interior sweatband that reads “Consumers’ Protection Label 22 1/2 Prod. Under Fair Labor Standards” on one side and “Mill’y Industry Millinery Stabilization Commission” on the other. The Millinery Stabilization Commission was established in 1936 and the Consumers’ Protection Label began use in 1938. The hat is secured onto the head with the help of an attached grosgrain band with an elasticized end, although the elasticity has mostly been lost. It is sized, as mentioned, as a size 22 1/2, which normally is large, but I believe that this would fit a medium sized head - the inside grosgrain around the opening measures 17” around, but this is meant to sit on top of the head, secured with the strap. The hat is in very good condition with two small problems - a small separation in the straw that just needs to be re-sewn (see last close-photo) and the wire around the edge is poking out in one place (see second to last photo) that can either be re-inserted or simply clipped without affecting anything. Also, there may be some leaves missing at the back of the crown, fairly minor issue. Shipping may be by
This is a wonderful garden party hat - striking red colour, very nice quality!