Vintage Hat Friday

Good afternoon everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends.  It’s Vintage Hat Friday, and I’m writing to share another special hat from my collection.

Today’s featured hat is made of black felt with a generous application of mink (including a few tiny feet!) around the brim. Fortunately, this piece has its original label and hat box– it’s a Sally Victor design. Ms. Victor was a well-known American milliner (1905 – 1977) who produced many wonderful hats during her career, primarily from the 1930s through the early 1950s.

What makes this piece particularly unique is its unusual shaped brim and small crown size – just 20 inches. It was originally purchased at Engel-Fetzer, a department store on Euclid near Huron in Cleveland, Ohio, which closed years ago. It is definitely a show-stopper and I have no doubt that this hat made heads turn whenever and wherever it was worn!

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