Women's costume accessories; Worn costume accessories; Headgear
1920s. Black velvet cloche over a buckram base.
The brim has more rigidity than the crown, possibly with an extra layer of buckram or because of multiple lines of stitching. It is finished at center back with two points which are turned up and overlapped, then stitched to the crown. The brim is machine-sewn with concentric rows of pale yellow thread on top, black thread beneath.
The crown has a rounded top and a seam joining it to the sides. It is covered in freeform machine straight stitch patterns of spirals, crescents, loops, and contour lines in yellow, orange, blue, and white threads. The decorative sewing was done prior to assembly.
The brim is lined with black velvet. The crown is lined with black glazed cotton. Machine-sewn.
Depth: 3.5 to 4.8 cm / 1.375 to 1.875 in. (depth of brim)
Height: 14 cm / 5.5 in. (height of crown)
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Astrida Schaeffer, photographer/curator
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Women’s garments, Accessories worn, Head, Headgear, Hats, Cloche, 1920s, United States, Brim, Crown, Velvet, Buckram, Cotton, Glazed cotton, Polished cotton, Black, Yellow, Orange, Blue, White, Machine-sewn