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Blue & Cream Floral Straw Hat, Walter Florell

Just SO feminine and romantic!  Lush and brimming with sweet bouquets of beautiful blue velvet forget me nots, and pale cream hued hydrangea blossoms.   Swathed in exquisite sea blue French silk veiling (real silk) to wear over the face or push up over the flowered brim.   Made from the absolute finest quality, silky soft Bali-buntal straw that is light as a feather, this spectacular summer chapeau is one of a kind.  Custom created by American male milliner Walter Florell  in his New York salon, circa  early 1950's.   Large brim picture hat also has 4 sweet blue velvet bows.  The pictures do most of the talking here.  
 
Walter Florell is not as lauded today as some other milliners, but serious collectors in the know are familiar with his work.   I count him among the most talented ever.  He was known for his meticulous attention to every tiny detail,  and he used only the finest materials.  His hats were worn by famous and wealthy women, movie stars and were very expensive.   This beauty was custom made for a summer garden party in Boston, Mass.   Well cared for, it is is almost excellent condition. 
 
A Walter Florell hat does not come along very often, and this is a particularly stunning example of his millinery masterwork.  And those flowers!  
 
CONDITION:  Almost excellent.  Fresh, clean and in very good condition, only worn once and then well stored in a hatbox for over 50 years.  Comes from a smoke free ,pet free home.  The only real flaw is there are 2 holes in the blue veiling, but you can push the veiling up as shown and it is not noticed.  Or do a tiny repair.  The pale fine straw is fresh and supple and clean.  No age, no wear, no fading, no dryness.  the brim is ever so slightly wavy but that is certainly not a detraction.  The inside of the hat is clean and fresh.  The vintage millinery flowers are wonderful, and securely sewn on.  Wonderful!
Price: $278.00
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