Size: the inner circumference of the crown is approx. 22". The brim is 4" wide.
Label: Cleland Hats, 859 Belmont Ave (Chicago)
This chocolate brown velvet and velour wide brim hat dates from the WWI era, the late 1910s, probably around 1917-1919 to be specific. Its softly gathered, somewhat puffy crown is rather high and tilts down towards the right side. It is trimmed with a twisted gold grosgrain ribbon band ending in a small bow. The flat brim is wired at the outside edge to hold its shape. Blue velvet appliqués in the shape of peacock feathers encircle the brim and are trimmed with green silk stems and gold metal thread. While the crown and the underside of the brim are made of matching brown velvet fabric, the upper side of the brim is covered in a slightly lighter-colored brown velour fabric. The velvet feels like a blend of silk and wool, while the velour may be all silk; it feels somewhat softer to the touch than the velvet fabric. The crown of the hat is lined with black silk with the maker's label printed inside. The light discoloration visible on the inside of the lining (not visible when the hat is worn) is most likely from make-up. In good condition, the hat has a few loose metallic threads and lightly worn areas on the appliqué trim. Also, there is some wire escaping from its fabric piping on the right side of the brim and one small tear and one spot on the fabric of the top of the brim. This antique hat is certainly wearable with care, but will be best for display.