I marvel at this vintage 1920's cloche hat, thinking the condition is absolutely amazing! Made of a navy horsehair with narrow formed brim, tucked up on one side, secured with faille ribbon and two off white fabric flowers!
The garnishment of four lace panels, cut on a triangle, are spaced evenly around hat, from the brim to the crown. A navy soutache braid edges the lace, forming the finish between the horsehair and the lace.
Alternating between the lace panels, natural horsehair in a narrow width is used to create a naturalistic design. The natural horsehair, together with the navy braid, is used in a curlicue style around the edge of the brim.
Except for the brim, the crown of the hat is completely lined in a navy rayon fabric. No mention of the maker, but a label of LARGER HEAD SIZE is sewn into the lining. This WOW hat is quite wearable.
Measurements: Depth of the hat is 5-1/2" from brim to top of crown. Width of the brim is 2" but tapers to nothing Circumference is 22"around the inside of crown.
Condition: Very nice. The lining in hand stitched (whipped stitch) and noticed a couple of stitches are loose, so needs to be secured. Some fading to the lining where the forehead would rest. Relatively minor. Very little wear.