This is such an interesting Victorian hat from the 1880's, The hand made velvet plush hat, in a rust fabric, is made on a partial wire frame and a type of stiffening. It features a wide brim with inset of small black glass beads, strung on heavy thread. The beads form a pretty openwork pattern.
Crown of the hat is also of interest, being a narrow tall cone shape. The crown is completely lined in back sateen lining material. Underside of the brim is made of the velvet plush fabric.
Measurement: 12-1/2" wide x 14" long. Height of the cone is 4" tall. Inside circumference of the cone is 13" around. 5-1/4" width of the brim, at the front, tapering to 4" wide on the sides and back. The only way I can describe the hat sitting on the head, is like a witches hat, although not as tall. It definitely sit right on top of the head, possibly tilted to the front.
Definitely someone's creation and has been worn, as there is wear to the plush at the edge of the brim, inside edge of the crown, and the outside edge of the crown at the top of the cone. Nothing more than usual wear one would expect, and certainly nice condition for the age. Don't you wonder what type of dress was worn with the hat? So much history and little is known.