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1940 Black RIDING HAT w Ostrich Plume,Veil & Jewel

SOLD on 1/6/2013, thank you! A wonderful, vintage early 1940's Riding Hat or Top Hat, this one is Very Victorian inspired....Black felt, Tilt style, with a thick, full and frilly black ostrich plume that stands high and curls around the hat, a glittery French jet jeweled brooch, ivory and black silk net & black silk ribbon poufs, and a lush face veil of real French silk veiling in a fetching spiderweb pattern.  
 
Label is Eduard, New York.  The hat is well made, with a flat top hat crown and sort of pork pie brim that turns up and is "pinched" in front and back. 

The silk spiderweb veiling goes all the way to the lips, it is just a bit bunched up in the photos.  The plume is actually 2 plumes together to create an extra thick and full feather.  This hat has its original elastic band to keep the hat at the tilted angle of your choosing.  the black and white fabric is quite unusual, a fine netting over silk, with a black silk ribbon band, done in a sort of loose bow or pouf effect, and there is a black glass tip hatpin in there too.
 
CONDITION is Very Good.  The felt is supple and soft, no moth damage, super clean with no soiling, wear or spots.  the hat has been well stored and is fresh with no odors. The ostrich plume is excellent, curved and secure, no breaks or chips, and it is not shedding, it is glossy and supple.  The silk fabric is excellent, no wear or holes.  The silk veiling is lovely, supple and not dry or fragile, and I found no holes or tears.  The jet jewel brooch is very nice, athough there are two of the tiny black stones missing.  The hat may show some light signs of age but I found no flaws to note.  Oh yes, the elastic works great!
 

Price: $164.00
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