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#6679 - c. 1961 DACHETTES Cloche of Purple Felt with Jet "Arrowhead" DecorationSo you love the look of cloches, but don't want to deal with an antique hat... but love the deco look, but want something more updated....   inotherwords, you want what you want.  I'm assuming you might want this! :)  Great royal purple felt "helmet" shape with a large jet black arrowhead shaped decoration at front.   Designed by Lilly Dache, this was her "younger" line.  Get funky! Excellent condition.  Under $150 so final sale.

$ 125. ORDER

 

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#6580 - c. 1948 LILLY DACHE, Paris/New York Sensational Calotte of Hunter Green Felt with a Rouleau of Purple Felt, Trimmed with Fantasy Feathers!   From the rotating museum collection, this particular hat was a favorite of the previous owner!  I tend to like the "flashier" hats, but certainly this is (as he said), "sensational" due to the fabulous original feather trim of a geyser of brown, ivory and purple quills with red "fantasy" feathers.... not to mention the interesting color combination which likely was created to match a special outfit. A particularly pretty soft green felt with purple felt rouleau circling the hat.  Like a fashionable Robin Hood! Sized to fit a normal 22" head.

$ 345. ORDER

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#6572 - c. 1904 POUYANNE, Paris Black "Greek Net" with Bands of Trembling Oval Paillettes!  From the prestigious Rue de la Paix, Pouyanne was one of the premier Parisian milliners of the Victorian / Edwardian eras!  I have not seen another like this one from this era!  A two tiered round large hat nearly completely covered with black oval paillettes (or large teardrop shaped sequins).  I wish I had had this hat prior to selling what seems to be a matching gown Redfern gown (see it at http://antiquedress.com/item4722.htm). If this hat was in excellent condition, I would easily more than double the price, but as it is, it is "messy" in some areas.  That's the best way to describe it.  The paillettes were meant to be "trembling", so they weren't sewn on tightly when new, but they just seem worse for 100 years later.  For such a rare, Parisian designer hat...  I hope you allow for the condition, and still fall in love with it as I have!

$ 745. ORDER

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#6350 - c. 1936 SUNNYLAND HATS Navy Straw Molded Hat with Red Velvet Ribbon and Brim of Lillies-of-the-Valley! During the Great Depression, hats weren't very fancy.  This one is about as interesting as you will find for that era. Navy straw molded into a stiff flat topped "toy" hat with oversized front brim covered in a mass of white lillies-of-the-valley flowers. The hat is then wrapped in a deep red velvet ribbon and bow.  Will fit a normal sized 22" head (as it fits on the crown of the head.  Has the thin elastic to hold on head (usually worn under the hair).   Excellent condition.  

$ 285. ORDER

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#6474 - c. 1951 PATRICE Spring Hat on Lattice Work Foundation! I hate to say it, but the bottom or interior of this hat is almost more extraordinary than the exterior!  Really!  Take a look at the fabulous pink velvet wired foundation!  Luckily the hat can be worn tilted on the head to see that underside to "wow" onlookers.  The exterior is a mass of tiny pink, white and blush blue flowers. Looks like a garden ground covering on your head!!  :)  Stiff.  Excellent condition. Measures: 15" x 15" round. Has an elastic band to wear under your hair to hold on.

$ 445. ORDER

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#6391 - c. 1915 Paris Hat Shop, Opp. B. Altman & Co., 26 East 34th Street, NY Tricorn Pheasant Feather Hat! I have to say that hats from the WWI era were some of the strangest shapes!  Perhaps they were going for whimsy (for some lightness during wartime), or perhaps the great milliners were unable to get their designs to the masses, so the amateur milliners attempting designing....whatever the reason, if you look through the fashion photos or fashion plates you will see what I call  "jester" hats, or "flying saucer" hats, "birds in flight" hats, and bi- and tri-corn hats.  None look particularly fetching on (at least they don't on me)... but great for show!  Or any WWI era re-enactors. So if the shapes are strange,  best to find those with exquisite detailing or materials. Can't beat gorgeous, nearly mesmerizing iridescent pheasant feathers on this stiff tricorn hat. Excellent condition. Will fit a normal sized 22" head. 

$ 485. ORDER

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#6509 - c. 1899 JAMES MCCREERY & Co, New York Brown Straw Hat with Black Sequins and Ribbon and Large Blush Roses! Another terrific shaped hat!  Stiff woven brown straw - one shiny, one dull.  Studded with black sequins and black silk flowers at front... and blush colored silk tea roses at back with green leaf spray.  Build on a wire base. Looks so pretty on! Excellent condition (everything except the label which is nearly faded away).  Sits on top of head, so fits all. 

$ 485.  ORDER

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#6507 - c. 1887 Mourning Hat of Black Crape with Long Veil with Dull Black Beads!  Not all black bonnets were "mourning" bonnets or hats.  You are really looking for the ones with the special crinkly "crape anglaise" (mourning crape - spelled with an "a" to indicate mourning crape) material specifically used by widows. However, there is no question that this is a mourning hat with the extra long black veil.  This hat is a great shape.  Fairly tall which was the fashion of that year.  Nice to know even widows were fashionable!  Nearly excellent condition as there are some minor holes in the veil and some of the dull black beads are missing.  But I would suggest you overlook the minor imperfection to get such a great piece.

$ 695. ORDER

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#6506 - c. 1880 Mourning Hat of Black Crape with Long Veil! Not all black bonnets were "mourning" bonnets or hats.  You are really looking for the ones with the special crinkly "crape anglaise" (mourning crape - spelled with an "a" to indicate mourning crape) material specifically used by widows. However, there is no question that this is a mourning hat with the extra long black veil. Simple gathered material hat.  Excellent condition. 

$ 585. ORDER

 

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#6523 - c. 1960 MR. ARNOLD ACTUALITE Natural Straw Bucket Hat Covered with Foliage! Lovely light colored straw hat in a bucket shape encircled with foliage, white blossoms and a bow of mango colored ribbon. The foliage is very life-like!   Excellent condition, near mint.  Really not much else to say as the photos are really all you need for this hat!  This hat is looking for a new owner who has the perfect outfit for her!  She wants to "show off" !   

$ 285. ORDER

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#6549 - c. 1875 Victorian Bonnet of Honey Straw with Black Velvet, Ivy leaves and Currants!  Perfect for wine lovers! :) This hat of light honey colored straw is trimmed with black velvet ribbon and bows and ivy leaves, finished with a cluster of currants that look good enough to pop in your mouth.  The hat is in Excellent condition, with some of the currants "distressed" to truly look like a fruit bunch where some of the currants may be past their ripeness. Deep navy velvet under brim, black velvet on top.  Has a stretched out elastic under (unique for the era). 

$ 385. ORDER


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#5162 - c. 1940's BAREFOOT ORIGINALS Black Suede Slingback and Peeptoe Shoes! So for all you gals looking for that perfect WWII look shoe to match with your 1940s dress or suit.... ta-da!  Soft black suede with the cut out for the peep toe at front and sling at back. The toe area has the great stiff 3-Dimensional "swish" edged in white stitching for a bit of "pop".   From Brown's Booterie. Very good condition... just needs a bit of glue to glue down the leather lining, and just a bit of lining wear under the toe at the peep.  Otherwise, quite good and ready to wear! :) Labeled size 8, but I'm told they fit more like a 7.5.  Heels measure 4" at back, or if you prefer the height from the inside, it's 2.5".  Look great on ... and are actually quite comfy to wear (and I usually have trouble with many shoes)! 

$ 145. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 7.5 B

 



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#9976 - c. early 1920s RARE BOSTON Painted Cardboard Box (with Additional Design Inside Cover) Originally Packaged Men's Garters and Arm Bands!  NEVER USED!  I happen to have TWO of these from the same estate...  one in BROWN and one in BLUE.  The paintings are switched for the blue set... so the picture you see on the front of this box is on the inside of the  other box, and visa-versa. Both are in VERY GOOD condition with just minor wear around the edges of the boxes.   These would make fabulous wedding gifts for a man in a 1920s themed wedding!  The artwork is smashing... with the gold paint on front slightly bumpy for great effect. These have never been used but over the years the elastic has dried out, so they aren't wearable as is.  But it's the artwork and history of these sets that's so fabulous. 

BLUE set - #9976a  $ 345.   ORDER

BROWN SET  - #9976b  $ 345.  SOLD

  


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#6685 - c. late 1920's/early 1930's PAVEL, Made in Spain Silver Evening Shoes!   I'm always on the lookout for wearable antique/vintage shoes.  The more interesting, the better!  SO... these were owned by the same person as the bright gold shoes below.  These look to be more 1930's to me.  Amazingly tall heels for the era.... so I'm assuming she was a short gal with a tall beau! :)  These are labeled 7.5AA (which is usually more like a 6.5AA today)... however, I can't try these on for you because of my DNA.   Yup, sadly I got my mother's incredibly high instep, so the straps are too tight for me to get on.  It's a problem I have even with modern shoes, so I'm a foot freak.  Most of you won't have this problem.  Excellent condition with some normal wear and some strange crayon like marks (see photos).  Those might clean off.   But I don't touch anything.  I prefer to leave everything is "as found" condition so I don't make anything worse (as I'm "all thumbs".... yet another DNA trait! :)   

$ 365. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6.5AA


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#6684 - c. late 1920's/early 1930's Gold Evening T-Strap Shoes!  These bright gold T-strap shoes are the perfect accessory for your simple or fancy 1920's dress!  As you can see, they are in a wearable size and condition.  They are too large for me, so they seem to be marked slightly wrong at 7 B.  I think they will fit a 7.5 B.  They will stay on my 6.5 B foot because of the strap, but I've got too much wiggle room in the toes.  The condition is certainly acceptable with some issues to overlook - the photos will explain all... they have some gold wear off the sides (see photos) and some tiny rhinestones missing from the buckles... but still look great on. Normal wear elsewhereJust so hard to find great wearable sized 20s shoes! 

$ 385. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 7 B- 7.5 B


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#9942 - c. 1950's ROSENFELD, I. Magnin Genuine Ostrich Just Off-White Purse!  I'm guessing this purse is from the 50's, though certainly could be the 60's as well.  I'm not a purse expert.  However I DO know some of the better names/designers/labels in vintage purses, and certainly Rosenfeld was held in high esteem.  This rare genuine white ostrich (I'm not sure the ostrich was white, unless he/she was an albino ostrich.... but it's none-the-less genuine! :)... not the embossed faux leather ostrich you might find.  Previously owned by a VERY wealthy woman who has supplied this website with other amazingly expensive items including Balenciaga dresses, Hermes snakeskin purse and Russian Sable coats!  So I don't think she would be caught carrying around a cheap purse.  Nope.  Anyway... this piece is in Excellent condition.. just ever so slight wear (she might have used it a few times). The leather interior is near mint.  I see three minor dirt marks on the interior top edges,, some at the bottom of purse, and the goldtone metal "pulls" at each of the four grommeted holes for the straps have left circular imprints in the leather.  Measures: 9" wide x 6" high by 3" deep (excluding floppy handles). Show off some STYLE!  FYI, a comp purse today in ostrich might cost $800 - $2,000 ... and the new 2008 Hermes white ostrich Kelly Pochette clutch is $17,500!!!!  If absolutely perfect condition, I might have listed at $695, but due to the extreme minor wear, it's a steal at this price!  

$ 495. ORDER

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#6370 - c. 1950 The Halle Bros. Co. Purple Felt Hat with Large Black Velvet Bow and Shaded Velvet Flowers! Hey, here's a pretty hat in a great color!  Kind of a combination of floppy and molded.  Large brim looks great on those of us who don't look all that great in hats.  Huge black velvet floppy bow at front.  The crown is surrounded with shaded blues/greens velvet flowers and leaves with a bit of black netting. Excellent condition.

$ 345.  ORDER

 

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#6398 - c. 1954 LESLIE JAMES, The White House, San Francisco Fabulous Lilac/Gray Straw with Huge Beads and Pink Apple Blossom Flowers!  Surprisingly wonderful color for a straw hat!  The perfect Spring hat to wear in lilac season! :)  Flat large brim is covered in matching tulle and ornamented with heavy, huge platinum gray metallic beads and sweet pink apple blossom silk flower bunches.  Bows encircle the six ornaments at short crown.  Measures: 16"x16" circle x 1.5" high.  Labeled 22.5 inside, but seems to sit on top of my normal 22" size head quite well, so will fit either normal or slightly larger than normal head.  Held on with two thin elastics which are hidden under hair.  Excellent condition, near mint.  Even comes with the original matching straw hat pin!

$ 545. ORDER


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#9920 - c. 1940 DELMAR Red Satin Fancy Peep-Toe Mules! Direct from a Greenwich, CT Estate!  I believe I have dated these correctly.  I did find a late 1930s pair of fancy Delmar shoes in the same color satin material, so...  and I think the heel is earlier than the 50's.  AND peep-toes were so popular in the 40's.  Not to mention I can just see Joan Crawford strutting her stuff in these! :)  Excellent condition, barely worn. The color is a great blue-ish hue red rather than an orangy-red. There is NO size on these, but I had a girl who said she wears an "8" try these on and she said they fit her.  Certainly way too large for my 6.5 footsies. I'd measure them for you but really it doesn't mean much... but if you must... 10" long x 3 1/8" wide.

$ 265. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 8

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#6366 - c. 1946 ORIGINAL SHORLON MODEL Black Silk Velvet "Doll" or "Toy" Tilt-Top HatSmall tilt-top hat in a fun and fancy "top hat" shape of black velvet and black passementerie, trimmed with gold "chain".  Looks like a gold metal chain inside the brim, but it's really a gold material chain.  Little gold ball beads sewn to look like flower centers on the black passementerie. The black netting on this hat is especially fine and lovely... however it's not perfect. The hat is the slightest squashing which may or not be as intended originally.  Held on the head with one of those great large circle "head holder".  There must be a name for this, but I just don't know it... or I used to know and Alzheimer's has set in!  

$ 235 ORDER

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#6404 - c. 1938 I. Magnin, Custom Made Felt and Velvet Two-Tone Gray "Three Musketeers" Hat with Ostrich Feather!  Ok, I know that calling this my "Three Musketeers" hat is really stretching it... but something about it evokes a cavalier Musketeer (no, geez...  not the Mickey Mouse kind)!  That would have ears! :)  Anyway, it's an interesting shaped hat with turned up brim at back which shows off the other color gray velvet.  The top is more a greenish gray.  The underside is more of a blue-hued gray.  The multi-toned gray large ostrich feather ties in both colors.  The large gray netting is tied at back for dramatic effect. Nice stylized felt ornament at back.  Condition on this hat is very good.... there are a few issues.  The upper gray velvet is a bit dirty so shows a bit of moddled look.  The netting is nearly perfect.  Will sit on top of your head and it's very comfortable (perhaps even a bit on the larger size) on a 22" normal sized head. Measures:  10" x 10" x 6" tall.  Looks really pretty on!

$ 185.  SOLD

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#6274 - c. 1943 GEORGE BEIGEL, Paris Glorious Red Felt "Doll" or "Toy" Hat Trimmed in Shaded Red and Black Rooster Feathers! All Original!  OK all you gals who love 1940s doll hats (no, these aren't for dolls... but for fully grown women... it's just the name given these tilt-top hats of the late 1930s and 1940s)!  I was lucky enough to get a few superb ones recently... so... don't hesitate.  Once they are gone, they are gone!  And wouldn't it be nice to have them come live with you? This one is a red felt curvy base doll hat with rare attractive headband which can be worn over or under the hair. The hat is a Parisian import - no surprise - unique and very fashionable arrangement of the shaded red and black rooster feathers.  Exceptional design!!  Excellent condition...even comes with the original red felt hatpin (you will see a bit of pin at back photo).  Worn on top of the head, so will fit anyone.   

$ 845. ORDER

 


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#0087 - c. 1950's AN ORIGINAL PHIL STRANN, California Retro Edwardian Black "Beaver" Hat with Two Blackbirds Ornaments!  I have to confess that I purchased this hat in 1985 and it's been in my personal collection for over 20 years! (I can't believe it... my goodness time is flying!!).   Anyway, when I purchased it I was sure it was an Edwardian beaver hat. However.... in my 20+ years of self-education I have since learned that hats with grosgrain ribbons (or petersham ribbon) around the interior date to after 1930. So imagine my surprise to be wrong! (I HATE being wrong!) I just have to say (to defend myself) is that this is a perfect recreation of an Edwardian hat. Excellent condition with just ever so slight age of the birds.

$ 545 ORDER

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#6369 - c. 1947 FREDERICK & NELSON, Seattle Red Felt Tilt-Top Hat!  Ok... I'm gonna say it right here and now... this hat is "totally unique"!  So, now that I've said that... PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE stop using those two words together!  I know it's become a huge part of modern American language, but it doesn't MEAN anything!  The definition of "unique" is "unique"... "one of a kind"... so to say "totally unique" is an "oxymoron" (a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction).  GOT IT??????? :)   Oh, and by the way, it's "SEQUINS", not "sequince" or my favorite, "seaquince"  Ahhhh.... OK... it's out of my system.  I'm better now.   SO... the hat you ask?  Red felt molded into a great shape, highlighted by two grosgrain ribbons at front. Meant to be worn as you see with a tilt.  Excellent condition.  Can be worn on a slightly larger than normal 22" head (this is the mannequin with a swelled head).   For all you RED HAT SOCIETY members!  Under $150, so final sale.

$ 145.  ORDER

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#6356 - c. 1959 MISS SALLY VICTOR Lemon Tree Hat! During the era of Bes-Ben, many of the top hat designers followed suit with their own take on whimsical hats.  Sally Victor was one of the best known designers of the times, and used her "Miss Sally Victor" label - her more youthful, lower priced line - to create this fabulous little number! :)  Little yellow glitzy lemons with large white lemon blossoms covering shiny green leaves.  Since I'm from the Northeast, I don't often see a lemon tree, I just have to assume that these are lemon tree leaves! :)  Green net veil.   Excellent condition. Have fun!! 

$ 185 ORDER

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#6297 - c. 1921 Chocolate Brown Straw and Silk Hat Trimmed in Orange Silk Flowers! Silk crepe-de-chine ornamentally woven through the straw at front and tops the crown.  The chocolate raffia straw has a lovely sheen to it so the hat seems to glint in a goldtone under certainly lighting conditions. The orange silk flowers are a bit tired but in graduated colors to look realistically just "past their peak".   Would look perfect with a day suit or coat from the era.  I'm THE person to sell hats... as I try to only sell those that will look great on.  You see, I look like hell in most hats, so if they look good on me (with no makeup and while wearing my glasses), they will look good on a monkey! :)  And I'm assuming you are cuter than that!  Measures: 15" x 12", 22" inside circumference. Fits a normal sized head comfortably... feels perhaps ever so slightly large if anything.   

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#4974 - c. 1916  O'Neill, Baltimore Calfskin Leather Lace-up Boots Trimmed in Scalloped Tan Leather!  Never Worn!  How rare to find antique shoes and boots that were never worn!  These came from a museum and they have the tag on the bottom dating them to 1916. You wonder how long the museum had them to stay unworn for so many years.  Great color.... a mellow brown with tan scalloped trim.  The only thing that looks doesn't look nearly perfect are the wooden stacked heels. One has a slight crack in the wood... perhaps just from drying out, but yet, the leather on the boots is soft and supple.  Probably a wearable size, but I didn't want to untie them to find out as I know they would be too thin for me anyway to try on to give you a good idea of size.   Measures: 10.5" long x 2.5" wide.  

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Approx. - SIZE 6-7 AAAA

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#6389 - c. 1905 RARE Swan's Breast and Dove Wing Hat! One of the Best of the Museum Collection!  A unique and rare toque of swan's breast feathers rolled into a spectacular oval shape trimmed with dove's wings.  Meant to be worn high on the gibson girl hairdo.  A bit fragile interior (see photos of lining), but a spectacular display piece and can be gently worn. I've never seen anything like it before, and I'm likely not to see another! This would have been for the wealthiest of women... perhaps worn with her ermine! Don't hestitate if you want this... put it on Layaway now!! 

$ 1,485. SOLD on LAYAWAY


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#6408 - c. 1942 The May Co., Los Angeles Glorious Tall Dark Burgundy Wine Colored Felt and Velvet Lampshade Hat!  Perhaps it's just that I look great in wide brimmed hats, or perhaps it's that they always make me think of Audrey Hepburn... but whatever it is that draws me to these... my little heart just goes "pitter-patter" when I find a great one! Great color!  Slightly lightened for photos to see detail, a deep dark burgundy wine colored felt hat with very high crown and huge lampshade low brim all trimmed in even darker burgundy velvet.  The matching netting is torn here and there.  You can still wear it up off the face without a problem, but if you wear it down you will see the tears (see photos).  Certainly netting can be replaced.  Otherwise great condition.   The large spot on the netting is wild... I can't quite figure out the reason for it!  Any thoughts out there??

$ 645 SOLD on LAYAWAY

 

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#6295 - c. 1907 Garden Party Hat of White Horsehair Teeming with All Original Silk Flowers and Black Velvet Ribbon! What a sweetheart of a hat!  Looks great from every angle, even from the top! So wonderfully designed back in 1907, it looks just as perfect with your antique white lace lawn dress or linen suit, as it will look with your modern-day flowing dress for special event or even your wedding!  Check out all the decorations... including the unique and beautiful variegated  green ribbon! One of the best of the best!  Excellent condition! All original!  Measures 16" x 15".

$ 1,095. SOLD

As seen on display at the American Textile Museum, Lowell MA:
Hats dating from about 1906 and 1906


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#4992 - c. 1950 Brilliant Blue and White Rhinestone Set in Brass Double Compartment Evening Compact Vanity Purse with Lipstick Holder! This is incredibly brilliant!  The rhinestones are dazzling!  Great to use and wow the crowd, or for your collection.  Emerald cut rhinestones cover the entire front.  This little brass beauty opens up on both sides.  One side has a compact and mirror. The other side has a small cigarette case which can be used for a key, business cards or whatever if you don't smoke (and you shouldn't!) ... and, of course, there is the huge rhinestone topped lipstick holder at the side.  There is a simple little snake-chain handle.  Interior and Exterior in Excellent condition with scratches on the lipstick holder and normal scratch /wear on back.  Interior condition is fabulous... mirror near mint. Measures: 4" wide x 3" high by 1" deep. 

$ 385.  SOLD


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#6336 - c. 1920's Made in France Exceptional Gold Sequin and Beaded Cloche with Chenille!   If you know me, you know that I always search for wonderful flapper headpieces.  Sometimes cloches, sometimes headbands, but always fabulous!  So here's one that is totally unique... at least as far as I have seen!  Made in France (only the best pieces were!), gold sequins tightly sewn onto a cotton net base (which means it will continue to have a long life!) with steel colored glass bead "leaves" inset with two-tone coral chenille.  No lining so nothing to worry about tearing.  Just lies flat when not worn. (Easy to pack on your next vacation!  You never know when you might be invited to a flapper party! :)  Will fit a normal sized 22" head.  Excellent condition.

$ 1,245. SOLD


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#1635 - c. 1909 All Original Huge Straw Horsehair Lampshade Hat Piled with Pink Silk Roses, Trimmed in Black Velvet with WOW Ornament and Beaded Dangles!  There is so much going on on this hat I hardly know where to begin.  Perhaps I shouldn't bother.  After all... when wearing it I don't think you are going to have to talk about it... there will be too many people "oohing and aahing" to hear you anyway! :)   I'm putting up some of my favorite hats for 2008, so it's finally time to add a bunch to your collection, or start your collection... as these are few and far between - and have been in private collections for many years. Excellent, near mint condition. 

$ 1,365. SOLD


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#5654 - c. 1950's SCHIAPARELLI, Paris Straw Hat Teeming with White Silk Flowers!  Nice, huh?  And Schiaparelli! Even better!  I took too many photos because it looked so pretty from so many angles. Nearly perfect condition, with just the most minor crushing of straw, not misshapen at all, just like it needs a steaming (see photos and decide for yourself).  Other than that, it's basically in great condition! Oh, and did I mention pretty???? :)  Even comes with the two small original hatpins!  Fits a normal size 22 head.  Measures: 16.5" x 16.5" x 5" tall. 

$ 285. SOLD

 


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#7053 - c. 1940's BES-BEN, Made in Chicago Fabulous Double Rhinestoned, Faux Pearls and Beaded Swans of White Felt Hat!  Yup, another great Bes-Ben hat! This one in NEAR MINT condition.  I have to assume these are two swans, unless they are meant to be an albino "Boat-tailed Grackle"... which seems highly unlikely! :)  You should already know of Bes-Ben, but if not, read the information below! Ah, if only I had a time machine.... "Chicago! 1940s! 2 AM!". But, it's 2010, and rather than spend $18,000, you can own your own Bes-Ben for less (more than $5 though...I'm sorry!).   This is one of the most wonderful!  Some are too strange to wear, this is extremely wearable! The cap of the hat is black silk over canvas in pillbox shape.  Original netting attached.  Only one bead missing, otherwise near mint!!  A MUST for your hat collection!  Measures:  6" x 6" x 2" high.  9" long swans.

$ 1,265. SOLD on LAYAWAY

In 1920, Benjamin Greenfield and his sister Bessie (hence the "Bes-Ben" name merging their first names!) opened a millinery shop in Chicago. In 1938 they moved to the fashionable Michigan Avenue, and Benjamin soon became known as "The Mad Hatter of Chicago" with his outrageous designs. His famous clientele included Lucille Ball, Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland and Elizabeth Taylor... with his hats selling for between $37.50 - $1000! Maine Antique Digest wrote "Every summer, however, he would clean out his inventory for the new season at a midnight sale, marking down the hats to s little as $5. Then at 2 AM, he would toss the rest out the front door to waiting bargain hunters."! In 1999 a Bes-Ben hat sold for $18,400 at auction.

FROM THE ESTATE OF ANITA LOOS!

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#5245 - c. 1930's Hat Owned and Worn by ANITA LOOS No label in this hat, but such a great shape natural straw hat with wide flat brim and tall asymmetrical half cone crown.  The original silk light green and rust colored scarves wrap through slits in the straw. Extreme minor damage at those slits for the scarves.

$ 265. SOLD


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#4861 - c. early 1900's RARE FLORENCE LOCKE, Actress Theatrical Waxed Horsehair Wig with Attached Full Bird and Velvet Hat!  I purchased this from someone with the verbal history that it belonged to a turn-of-the-century (that's turn of the 1900 century) actress named Florence Locke.  It is absolutely WILD! The "hair" is actually extremely highly waxed horsehair (actually has globs of wax seen here and there).  Very similar to an old Geisha wig (I have two! so I should know!).  The ochre colored velvet "hat" is perched precariously on the hair... and the full-bodied "blackbird" is hanging on for dear life on top of the hat! All this is ONE PIECE on a wig net base.  Very heavy and I'm sure as hard to wear as a Las Vegas showgirl headpiece.  Amazingly excellent condition with the exception of one of the long black feathers that needs to be reattached (simple!) some photos show with that front feather stuck in, others without... doesn't really need it.  I wish I had any information on Florence Locke, but I have none.  Sorry! The only information that came with the headpiece was the fact that it was purchased by the last owner at Carmel, CA auction in 1973... and MIGHT have been used in a performance circa 1915. If you have a collection of headpieces... this is a must have! 

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