This little vintage beauty could almost be called an "End of Day" hat because of the multitude of colorful feathers used to make this hat! Most evident are Guinea feathers (the spotted ones)which naturally are black and white and are from the Guinea Hen. But, in this case, these feathers have been dyed pink and blue for a much more exotic look! There are some striking green feathers as well as some brown ones,too! And, a few patches of white feathers give even more contrast to this already spectacular cocktail hat. One really nice feature to this hat is that a thin netting has been applied to most of the hat coming to an end just where the hat frames the face, thereby allowing the feathers not held by the netting to fall attractively around the lady's lovely visage! The inside shows a blue velvet wired frame with a blue lace over satin. This fine feather creation is unique in the truest sense of the word. And, by the way, I tried to find out some information on the designer, Mr. Milton, but unfortunately found nothing. It would have been interesting to know more about this maker.....especially since this label was sold at the upscale store, Bonwit Teller.
Condition: Very Good
With feathers used on a hat which is well over 50 years old, there could be some very slight issues, but as stated previously, the netting used on this hat has protected and held most of the feathers in place. The colors are still lovely and vibrant. I can't really see any objectionable issues with this hat.
Label: Mr. Milton, Bonwit Teller, Philadelphia
Size: None Present.....This is almost a hat that would be "One Size Fits All." Sort of a Clamper Style with and extended back.
Inner Circumference: Approximately 18 ½"
From Front to Back: Approximately 9"
This seller is a proud member of The Costume Society of America (CSA) and The Vintage Fashion Guild (VFG).