Irma G. Bowen Historic Clothing Collection


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Chase of Laconia, New Hampshire, 321 Main Street

Date Created

c. 1900-1915


Women's costume accessories; Worn costume accessories; Headgear


Synthetic fiber, raffia, buckram, wire, ostrich feather


c. 1900-1915. Hat made of a synthetic fiber over buckram and wire, with purple ostrich feather plumes.

The brim is oval, widest at the sides and with a wired edge. The crown is wide and gently domed, and has a wire at the seam with the brim and at the seam where the top of the crown joins the sides.

Several purple ostrich feathers are sewn to the hat around the base of the crown, completely encircling it.

The brim is lined with a vibrant paisley printed silk in pinks, purples, and yellows. The crown is lined with a cream silk gathered at the top the crown on a cotton tie. Professionally made. Hand-sewn.


Depth: variable, between 2.54 to 10.8 cm / 1 to 4.25 in. (depth of brim)
Height: 10.2 cm / 4 in. (height of crown)


Gift of Philip Marston. Hat is stamped with “Chase of Laconia NH, 321 Main Street”.

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University of New Hampshire Library


Astrida Schaeffer, photographer/curator

Date Digitized


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The Irma G. Bowen Historic Clothing Collection digital catalog was produced by the UNH Library Digital Collection Initiative, supported in part by a grant from the Mooseplate program and New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Additional funding provided by the E. Ruth Buxton Stephenson Memorial Fund.
Photography copyright, Astrida Schaeffer.

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Marston history


Women’s garments, Accessories worn, Head, Headgear, Hats, Bonnets (hats), c. 1900-1915, Laconia, New Hampshire, United States, Brim, Crown, Synthetic fiber, Buckram, Wire, Silk, Feathers, Paisley, Milliner, Hand-sewn, Marston (donor)


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