I had two of these large black wool felt Jack McConnell Red Feather Hats that were so similar from the estate of Mrs. Loving and loved both of them….so, I did decide to keep one and sell one! It was a hard choice between the two as both were such statement makers in their own right. This picture style hat is very elegant, though very simple. The crown is not 10 gallon high huge, but not shallow by any means and the top of the ovoid crown is flat and not rounded. The only outer decorative detail on this one of a kind creation by McConnell is the wide black grosgrain ribbon hatband that surrounds the base of the crown. There are two small rolls of this ribbon and two ribbon flags that adorn the right side of this hatband. Simplicity personified, but oh, so sultry! The outer brim of the hat is wired all the way round and is stiffened and not floppy at all…..resembling a bolero style just a bit! On each side of the hat on the inside there are small metal hooks that most likely could have been intended to hold an elastic band or ribbon to help to secure this large and substantial hat to the lady’s head. This unlined hat has the familiar inner hatband so often used by Jack McConnell…..ivory lace over a golden ribbon.
Condition: Very Good
There is a slight bit of soiling from makeup on the underside of the front brim and when I say “slight”, I do mean not much at all. This hat is made by hand and there are very small signs of glue on the one of the black grosgrain ribbon flag details. And, there are some small marks in the wool felt on the top of the crown….not really marks or impressions, but more like little scuffs in the wool and these could be little irregularities in the wool felt. Not moth bites, that’s for sure!
Label: Styled by Jack McConnell, New York
Size: None Present
Height of Crown: 3 ¾”
Diameter of Crown Front to Back (Ovoid Shaped Crown): 7 ½”
Diameter of Crown Side to Side: 6 ½”
Width of Brim Measured at Front of Hat: 4 ½”
Width of Brim Measured at Back of Hat: 4 ½”
Width of Outer Black Grosgrain Hatband: 2”
Circumference of Outer Brim: 50”
Inner Circumference of Inner Lace Hatband: 21 ½”
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