Antique & Vintage Dress Gallery
#4703 - c. 1910 RARE GIGANTIC "Gainsborough" or "Titanic" Era Dark Bottle Green Velvet and Chantilly Lace Hat with Ostrich Feathers! One of the most massive hat I have ever seen... and you know how coveted they are!! This one is spectacular! This came from a old collection of vintage clothing, so it hasn't been in the market for years, and it's completely original. This is the old velvet, which normally either has a green or blue hue under strong lighting - this has the green hue, but it's BLACK under most lights. The crown of the hat is covered with black chantilly lace over an ecru brocade. There are black ostrich feathers and off-white tinged with light salmon-color ostrich feathers edged in black fur! There is a nearly hidden whole bird ornament nestled in the feathers at brim. Measures: 17" x 19" across, 7" high hat, 11" high including feathers. Still in Excellent condition... worst thing I can say is it's dusty, minor velvet wear under (barely seen when worn) and an inch or so of velvet is pulled away from the braid trim at front. No big deal.
SOLD - but on display in Museum Category for Research/Display