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Vintage 1950s Unique Purple Feathered Straw Sun Hat
Here's one I've never seen before.....a huge straw sun hat covered with the biggest flock of purple feathers you could ever find this side of a poultry farm! And, you just have to wonder what kind of a bird these would have come from......a purple duck? Just kidding. Of course these feathers have been dyed these many lovely shades of purple and I know they are domestic poultry feathers of some sort with a little down feather scattered in the mix. At first I thought that they were chicken feathers, but after "extensive" research on the matter, I do believe they are goose "Coquille" feathers! But, of course! Whatever......they are such a hoot on this hat! Now, when I say that you will not see yourself coming and going in this hat, I do mean you will not! The variegated feathers are rather firmly attached to a nice honey colored woven straw hat with a draw string tie that helps to secure the hat on the wearer's head. The feathers are slightly curled up in some places and down in others....but, either way, the hat is well covered with few if any bald areas showing through. I just can't say any more about this wild and fancy feather phenomenon.....look at the photos and decide for yourself if this hat is for you! And, oh, by the way, I looked and looked for a photo of a hat like this in all my resource books and online, too, and never even came close! Could it be one of a kind.....I doubt it, but probably not a lot of these sun hats survived. This hat would be excellent for any collector who wants to have a most unusual example of 1950's fun style fashion! Also, please note from the photos, that there are several ways to wear this hat....Eda is wearing it slightly tilted back on the head in the first photos and by the last(and a few margaritas, later) she is wearing the hat at a slightly more provocative angle! No matter which angle you look at this hat.....you are going to have fun with it!!!
Please Note: This hat will need to be shipped by UPS. Because of the size of the box needed to safely ship the hat, USPS is cost prohibitive. The USPS charges anywhere from $36.00 to $46.00 to ship the size box this hat will require.
Condition: Very Good
Amazingly, this hat is in very good condition considering the extensive number of feathers used to cover the top of the hat. You would think that feathers would be flying every where.....but, they're not! Naturally, there a few feathers that will occasionally break free and float into eternity, but not at all like you would imagine. The straw is sturdy and overall, the hat is strong. The feathers, for the most part, look very clean and not faded and don't have any funny odors, either! The slide string is worn, as you can see in the photo provided and the slide is not very tight.....in other words, it's slide has loosened with time and wear, but still useable.
Label: There is the smallest remnant of a tag left....it might have said "Made in _________". Your guess on this is as good as mine!
Size: One Size Fits All
Circumference of Outer Brim: Approximately 44".....I had a hard time measuring this one!
This seller is a proud member of The Costume Society of America (CSA) and The Vintage Fashion Guild (VFG).
Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Purple, Size: One Size fits all
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Bonnie Shriver, Available upon purchase, VA
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