VC438JM: Circa 1900 Hat/Lily of the Valley
This is an outstanding circa 1912 cream colored horsehair brimmed spring hat. Hat is made of tiny rows of concentric horsehair done in a creamy white (which is a color seldom seen). The brim is trimmed with loads of white lily of the valley flowers and a large pink silk cabbage rose where it is tacked up in the rear (hat can also be worn backwards with the rose in the front). There is a small pearl tipped hatpin stuck in the back of the hat, which is original. The interior is lined in white satin and marked Sturgis Hats, 15 West 45th St, New York. There is also a black silk velvet band around the interior. This condition is lovely. This hat appears unworn, I do note a few age speckles on the brim and one on the underbrim, but these are not detracting. The larger rose petals near the back are starting to fray just a bit. This hat has a 22" inner circumference. Brim is 13 1/2" side to side. What a spectacular presentation and those white lily of the valley flowers are to die for! Please click here to view additional magnified photos and click on your BACK button in your browser to return to this page.
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