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Woman's Hat, horsehair

Origin: England
Diameter: 18 3/4"; Crown diameter: 6 1/4"
Horsehair, bast fiber.
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1953-868
Woman's circular hat with very low crown, 3/4" high, and wide flat brim. Hat is made of black woven horsehair with allover repeat of 4 squares arranged in small cross. Black grosgrain ribbon binds the edges of the brim and crown. No lining.

Construction History:

1. 1745-1775: Initial construction
2. May 23, 1955: Cleaning, checking, restoring by Ernest LoNano.
Label:Woman's Hat
Britain, 1745-1775
Horsehair woven with bast fiber, bound with silk
Hats with large brims and shallow crowns were popular during most of the eighteenth century. Although many hats were straw or silk-covered straw, this example is made of horsehair fabric similar to upholstery material used on chairs.
Provenance:Ex coll: James Frere, Bluemantle Pursuivant, college of Heralds, Exhibited London Museum, Lancaster House.