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Vintage Black Hat from Gladys and Belle with Velvet Bows and Flowers 1940's-50's

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A small hat with adorable millinery flowers around the edges among black velvet bows. It is lined in red silk or rayon, and has a black petersham band. The designer tag is from Gladys & Belle of New York and was sold at Ruth McCullock in Hubbard Woods and Evanston.
One size fits all.

Flowers on the right have some chipped color on a purple stamen, and on another of a bright pink there is white showing from underneath, almost making one think of a very tiny radish.

There is no fading.

The black covering fabric is fine, the velvet fine, the lining fine, but when it is held there seems to have been some pressure on it at some point that the curve of the crown on the right seems to have a slight ridge. IF it was built upon a slightly asymmetrical frame I do not know, as there were some made in assorted shapes to start. Considering the equally placed velvet and floral design elements one tends to think it started out symmetrical.

Could steaming bring this back to it's "proper" shape? Perhaps. Does it impact the hat? Not really.

Please feel free to ask questions and for more photos if needed, as this is a final sale purchase. Let's work out any concerns beforehand. This has been in my smoke and pet free home. Although the most recent previous owner did have cats, there seems to be no odor or stray fur on this, as it was brushed before being exhibited at a hat show of 100 hats in March 2010.

This hat was purchased following the March 1, 2009 estate sale of Linda Feigenheimer of Winnetka, IL. The newspaper ad from that sale read "300 hats..."

Why would a hat from this estate be so noteworthy? Linda was more than a casual collector of vintage. She paid the most money ever for another hat at a New York auction house in 1999, the Independence Hat made by Benjamin Green-Field, of Bes Ben hats. The bidding was between her and a New York bidder, ending with a total cost over $18,000. For more details of Linda's collection see my millinery blog post: http://froufrou4youyou.wordpress.com/2011/01/05/linda-feigenheimer-had-hats/

You are buying a wonderful hat, but a bit of millinery history with a major story to it as well.

Vintage Black Hat from Gladys and Belle with Velvet Bows and Flowers 1940's-50's


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: straw, unknown
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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