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Feathered Hat

Feathered Hat
c. 1870. A homemade forward tilting hat, the base is made out of black silk taffeta covered in lace. Black and white feathers are handsewn onto the right side of the hat.
This little hat evolved from the little forward tilting Pork Pie hats of the late 1860's. By the 1870's they were more oval in shape and had more trimming. This one would have been worn very forward on the head and the back would have rested on a full high chignon of the era. Lined in black cotton. (Formerly from the collection of Leila Hidic)