This is a wonderful late 1940s early 1950s hat made by Knox and sold at Raleigh Haberdasher in Washington, D. C., known for selling high end men’s and women’s fashion apparel, shoes and accessories. An extremely well made little hat, the style is reminiscent of the Tricorn style hat. The wired brim of the hat is turned up and shaped with a point at the front and one on each side and rounded at the back. The edge of this brim is covered with a Navy Blue grosgrain ribbon trim. The Navy Blue wool felt that this hat is made from exudes quality and is so soft and smooth. The crown is rounded and has an attractive Navy Blue grosgrain ribbon detail that consists of loops hand stitched to the hat. As for this ribbon detail on the top of the crown, I actually think that it could have been a later addition to this hat and is most likely not original. I've left it as found as I don't think it detracts at all from the hat. Often people years ago updated hats to vary their wardrobe. Knox hats were more man tailored and I don't think this little bit of frou frou would have been on the top of the hat!! Two small petal like circles of wool felt placed slightly off center right side on the front of the hat serve as the home for a single round white pearl. There is another such detail at the back center of the hat as well as a hatpin that has a teardrop end made of black glass. The hat is unlined and has an inner Navy Blue Petersham sweatband. This is a marvelous hat from a well known maker more known for it’s men’s hats than women’s hats! Style and fine materials certainly make it a little gem of a hat to wear with your vintage finery!
Condition: Very Good
This hat is in such lovely condition and proves that good materials hold up well over the decades. No issues to note.
Label: Knox, Fifth Avenue, New York
Imprinted on the inner sweatband: Raleigh Haberdasher, Washington, D. C.
Size on Label: Designed to Fit a 22
Height of Hat Taken at Front To the Top of Ribbon Detail: 7”
Width of Turned Up Brim on Side: 2”
Width of Turned Up Brim at Back of Hat: 1 ½”
Diameter of Rounded Crown: 7 ½”
Outer Wired Brim: 27”
Total Circumference of Inner Sweatband: 20 ½”
This seller is a proud member of The Vintage Fashion Guild (VFG) and The Costume Society of America (CSA)