Prim and proper this vintage 1950s natural straw Bowler Style hat also has a bit of classy allure! When you bring black lace into anything, you definitely step up to a whole new level. And, in this case you have a very traditional style hat executed in a very classic natural straw. Rather plain, I must admit……until the details of décor are revealed! And, those would be a wide rich black velvet ribbon encircling the high flat crown, a double ribbon bow at the front of that outer hatband, a RED velvet inverted pyramid bow detail for a great pop of color and on that red velvet pyramid a bit of sparkle with three lovely aurora borealis faceted round glass rhinestones and seven small round faux white pearls. Just in case that’s not quite enough to turn a rather ordinary hat into a very stylish fashion statement, enter the BLACK lace! The entire crown is covered in beautiful floral black Chantilly lace! These details have surely turned this simple, yet classic small vintage hat, into a stunning little topper that would surely work well for evening soirees. I can see this hat being worn with a little black dress or possibly a chic red vintage suit for a touch of sassy elegance. And, as for the other particulars regarding the straw base for this vintage beauty, there’s a short narrow rounded wireless brim, unlined inner crown and an inner black grosgrain ribbon hatband. And, there you have it!
Condition: Very Good
I have provided a photo of what I consider to be the most obvious issue which really isn’t that noticeable when you have the hat in hand. As with many things I photo, if they have slight issues, they seem to be intensified by the lense and light of my camera and that’s the case here with these slight spots on the straw. The most noticeable is the one shown in photo #8 and it’s on the top of the right side brim. I’m not sure what has caused these faint marks on the straw as the hat is in such marvelous condition, otherwise. It could be something used in the finishing of the straw that over time has aged a bit and created these small slightly darker spots on the material. When viewing the photo of the inner hat, you will also notice other small spots on the straw that almost seem to have been original to the hat. When you look at the same photo # 8please notice that there is a darker brown spot that’s on the top right side of the crown, but this is under the black lace and will never be noticed when the hat is being worn and does not show on the underside of the crown at all. One other issue that was caused by this hat being pulled down over a previous owner’s forehead is soiling on the inner front grosgrain hatband and a little wee bit on the underside of the straw brim. Both of these areas also look more prominent than they actually are when looking at the hat in person. I want any potential buyer to always be made aware of any issue, whether it be large or small. Look at the photos and judge for yourself. I really don’t think you will not be disappointed in the condition of this hat and if you are, I will certainly honor my return policy. The black velvet trim is in excellent unfaded condition as well as the red velvet pyramid and faux jewel ornament.
Label: None Present
Size: None Present
Height of Crown Taken at Front of Hat: 4”
Diameter Taken Across the Top of Crown: 6 ½” Side to Side and 7 ½” Front to Back
Width of Narrow Brim at Front of Hat: 1”
Width of Narrow Brim at Back of Hat: ½”
Width of Outer Black Velvet Ribbon Hatband: 1 ½”
Length of Double Bow Detail at Front of Hat: 6”
Circumference of Outer Brim: 27 ½”
Total Circumference of Inner Grosgrain Ribbon Hatband: 21”
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