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#5361 - c. 1980's FERRAGAMO Red Suede Wedge Shoes with Gold Ornaments!  So these shoes still have the original price tag inside one of the shoes.  Original price of $245, reduced  to $171.97, then to $146.97, and finally to $122.50 when they were purchased... but as you can see, this label is hardly touched, so even though there is a bit of wear to the sole, and one dirt mark on one side of the toe, they were likely not worn more than once or twice.  So, I'm looking for Cinderella with a size 6.5A foot.  WHY??  As they are marked size 8AAAA??  Well, I have NO idea... all I can tell you is that I wear 6.5 M (with a slightly ever so wider than medium foot), and I can wear these (!) though they are just a slightly bit thin, but still not bad.  Perhaps a size 6A as well, as I guess they are perhaps a bit small as well, but it's hard to tell as my wider foot might be using up a bit of length.  Perhaps this is why they didn't sell at the higher price!  Mystery solved!  Even at this, the shoes are marked 8AA inside, but someone wrote 8 4A on the tag, and then continued to penmark in the additional two A's inside the shoes!!!  WHATEVER!   NEW LISTING! Under $150, so Final Sale.

$ 45. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6A, or 6.5A


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#6407 - c. 1940 Frederick & Nelson "Doll's", "Toy" or "Tilt"  Hat of Brown Felt Trimmed with Artificial Birds! Looks like an Alfred Hitchcock movie! I wish I could play some scary music when you click on the hat photo!!  But never fear, these are not real birds flocking on your head... these are 4-5 faux birds made up of striped brown, white, gray with tinges of orange feathers...  with feather quills dyed to an orange color to form the birds beaks!All on a light brown felt "platter".  Held one the head with a wide matching loop at back as well as a thin elastic (worn under the hair).  The original veiling is still attached.  Excellent condition.  NEW LISTING!  

$ 345. ORDER

 

FROM MUSEUM COLLECTION

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#6613 - c. 1941 Northridge Victoria Pigeon Crest Feather Taupe Velvet Hat! OK... this hat came to me from the same museum collection as many of the others you see.  He called these feathers "Victoria Pigeon Crest", so I'm just passing that information on to you.  The hat itself is a unique shape. Stiff to stand practically straight up, looking something like a taupe velvet clam with matching rope bow inside.  At the back, as you see, the feathers fan up fabulously! And then the back covers the back crown of your head with the tiny elastic band to hide under your hair to stay on.  This hat would have been marked higher if perfect, but as you will see from the close-up photos, the velvet has a bit of wear and "bruising" marks and one area at the front brim that is worn.  Priced to reflect the condition.  Still a remarkable look!   NEW LISTING!  

$ 265. ORDER

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#6275 - c. 1943 MADELON HATS Navy Straw Skimmer Hat with Red Velvet Trim with Cherries! What a phenomenal shape! Reminds me of the shape of a galactic time warp (you will probably only know this if you ever watched Star Trek).   The late 1930s and 1940s had some of the best hats.  You don't have to look any further than this hat to confirm that statement! :)  Wavy navy (ooh, that rhymes :)  stiff hat fully trimmed in red velvet around the edge of brim and crown, with crossed "bow" at back.  And then comes that spray of "cherries" at front! :)  Cool! Excellent condition.  A great addition to your hat collection! NEW LISTING! 

$ 235. ORDER

 

FROM MUSEUM COLLECTION

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#6409 - c. 1944 The White House, San Francisco Navy Felt Doll Hat with Fabulous Long Red Feathers!  If only my mannequin head didn't have molded hair, you could see this hat placed correctly on her head.  But as you see, the magnificently different back of the hat is pulled out a bit from her hair.  Assuming you don't have molded hair... it will fit you better! :)  Great little navy felt cap to be worn tilted on the forehead.  The back has a bow and straps of the same navy felt.  And then... ta da... the large shock of long red feathers attached at the back, and curling all the way to the front.  WOW!  From the prestigious "The White House" which was a chain of department stores in various cities.  I believe it closed in San Francisco in the 1960s. Consumer Protection label inside and labeled 22 (which is the standard women's head size).  Excellent condition! 

$ 385. ORDER

 

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#6344 - c. 1917 MAY SMITH, Paris / New York Sapphire Blue Velvet Toque with  Caramel Colored Braid and Blue Beads!  Another amazing hat from the museum collection I was lucky enough to purchase.  Although not in pristine condition, for a toque should sweep you off your feet!  Dynamite color of a sapphire blue silk velvet gathered in front and around back and plain over the crown.   And then comes the tiara!  Yes, look at the side photos of this hat.... the caramel colored, tightly decorated silk braid with those "ameba" shaped areas of matching sapphire blue beads, is attached like a tiara!  Unique.... as were many of the hats of this WWI era... because during wars, hats were often the focus.  This hat is shown on my mannequin with the slightly large head, and it fits her!  So... if hats are always too small for you, this should fit! As you can see, the condition issues are minor but there.  The velvet is dirty at the gatherings, and there is an area of velvet thinning at back.  Also, as you see, a bit of caramel braiding missing at the edges (showing the white through).   But even with all that said, it's damn great!  Terrific Paris, New York label!   

$ 565. ORDER

 


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#6840 - c. late 1920's/early 1930's I. MILLER Colorful Brocade Flapper Shoes with Crossed Straps!  I know, I know..... they look great!  And they are even a large size... BUT these are really best for display or your shoe collection.  Although they look nearly perfect on the exterior, the leather has suffered a bit on the inside... and the straps are a fragile so would need re-enforcing to wear without worry.  One of the tips of one strap has already met its demise.  Again, for show they are glorious! Colorful silk and bronze metallic brocade in a wild pattern! Gold leather trim at the sides and oh, the ruby satin footbed!  Sexy toe cutouts in teardrop shapes.  I even love the excellent condition "Cats Paw" heel tips (if you look through old magazines of the era, you will often see "Cats Paw" ads!).  The shoes were sold at Fontius in Denver (the paper tag is still on the bottoms). I'm pricing these based on the fact that they will likely not be worn... so it's just for collector.  If in great condition, they could be priced at more than twice this price!

$ 285. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 8AA (size on shoes)


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#10002 - c. 1930's Deco Black Velvet and Gold Metallic Leather T-Strap Shoes!  Damn these fit me great! That means if you are size 6 or even a small 6.5 (even with slightly wide foot), these will be your favorite pair of shoes.  Love the deco design!!  Pretty enough to wear alone with just paper bag dress!!  It's all about the shoes. Black velvet T-strap shoes with gold leather trim.  Excellent condition except for one thing... one of the buckles is missing, so either a matching one needs to be found, or two new ones sewn on.  It's simple, just have to locate them. If I find some buckles prior to selling these shoes, I will sew them on for you!  And then you should have no complaints! :) 

$ 425. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6 B/C


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#6200 - c. 1972 BALLY SUISSE Three-Tone Brown Kid Pumps!  So you can either pay $400-$450 for a similar new pair of Bally pumps, or... you can buy this pair of barely worn gorgeous three-tone brown Bally shoes!   These were from Germany originally, as they are labeled Bally Schwiez and the size is a European 4E (which translates to a 6W (fits me quite nicely - perhaps a bit snug but wearable.  I normally wear a 6.5M (with a just slightly wide foot, but I don't normally wear a wide size).  As nice as you can find!  Under $150 so final sale.

$ 145. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6W


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#5617 - c. 1950's MANNEQUIN, Made in USA Black Silk High Heels with Printed Red Roses!  Yes another pair to wear! They fit me perfectly at size 6.5M (US size). They are a black silk with printed red roses on front toes and on heel!  Lined in a girly girl pink. Excellent vintage condition with just a hint of lightening of the black.  Hardly worth a mention.   Or just as wonderful for your shoe collection.  Under $150 so final sale.

$ 145. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6.5 B

 


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#6810e - c. 1970's FRATELLI ROSSETTI, Made in Italy Two-Tone Bone Bucksuede and off-White Leather Spectator Ladies Loafer Shoes!  Never Worn!  One of the most important Italian companies in the luxury footwear field!   Still in existence, they produce always practical, comfortable, elegant and fashionable shoes that can last a lifetime.  I purchased four pair of unworn spectator shoes for those of you who imagine yourself as Katherine Hepburn rather than Audrey Hepburn! :)  This pair is and off-white leather paired with the finest light bone colored bucksuede (the softest thing you will ever feel - OK... perhaps not as soft as chinchilla, but for leather it is)! Tiny tassels and stacked short heels. Never Worn!  Comes with the original dust pouch. Size 6.5M (fits me, even with my extremely high instep)!   Under $150 so final sale.

$ 145. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6.5 B

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#6386 - c. 1888 Mourning Bonnet of Black Straw and Crape Trim with Silk "Berries"!  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.  This bonnet would have been used for in "second mourning" as it's only trimmed in the black crape.  The rest of the bonnet is black straw and black silk - used to create interesting black "berries" at the top of the bonnet.  In addition there are wired crape leaves. Excellent condition.  A great addition to your Victorian collection or mourning collection!  This one is certainly my favorite of the mourning bonnets I've seen. 

$ 745. ORDER

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#4605 - c. 1890's RARE, EARLY MADAME SUZY, 5 Rue de la Paix, Paris Black Fancy Beaded Bonnet with Pink Velvet Flowers!  Perhaps the Premier Milliner of the Last 150 years! I am having a great deal of trouble trying to get early information on Madame Suzy. I had another Madame Suzy hat from 1912, but there is next to no information on this famous milliner online!  And I'm a fairly good Googler.   This is certainly the earlier Madame Suzy I have ever seen... and the earliest even Sue Langley (the author of the collector's "bible": Vintage Hats & Bonnets!) has seen!   If anyone out there has any information on Madame Suzy, I would LOVE to know!  PLEASE!  Meanwhile...I offer up this obviously rare black lacy bonnet with blush velvet flowers on each size at the ears.  The black "lace" is really a strange concoction of what seems like patent leather!!  There is black jet beading at the back of the bonnet along with a pear-shaped larger beads and a rhinestone and jet ornament near front.  I don't know if the ties are original, but they fit perfectly. Excellent condition.  The label looks better in person, I just had to darken to see the info in the photo  Fits a normal sized head, but no larger.  A museum piece you can own!   

$1,885. ORDER

 

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#6514 - c. 1945 ALBOUY, 49, Rue du Colisee, Paris Black Velvet Snood Hat!   I love this!  The 1930's and 1940's was the era of the snood ... actually the return era of the Victorian snood... which was actually the return of the Elizabethan 16th century "balzo".  Got all that?  Anyway, seems Schiaparelli first reintroduced the snood in 1935 and soon became "the" method for keeping hair free from machinery during WWII.  But the style was also used for upscale designer hats as you can see!  Gerard Albouy designed hats for his own millinery shop in Paris between 1938 - 1964,  and was most famous for decorative "baroque-style" hats. Amazingly in 1941, during the German occupation, Albouy made small, beautiful veiled hats out of recycled newspaper!!  Way cool!  This hat seems to be a classic Albouy.  Black velvet cap with original matching hatpins, small veil at front, and then the large, bold honeycomb stiff crocheted snood with thin spiderweb designs.  All ending in a black velvet bow with long tails.   Stuff you long hair in this beauty and go!  Excellent condition with just one break in the face netting (a quick needle fix for the talented).  Sits on your head like a tiara, so size isn't an issue. 

$ 745.  ORDER

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#6608 - c. 1883 Fancy Beige Straw Bonnet with Lace Lappets!  Oh my word!  Check out the close-up photos of this bonnet!!  One of those masterpieces of design.  I can't even find any words to describe it, as I've never seen anything else like it.  All this ultra thin ribbon straw looped confection is enhanced by elaborate trimmings of parched leaves, grain heads, sweet william and poppies.  Very long blond lace scarves to be tied, or worn as you see as lappets.  One of the best of the collection as far as I'm concerned!!! Even the thin edging surrounding the face is woven ultra thin gold bullion. Will fit a normal sized head. Excellent condition with just extreme minor wear to china silk lining. 

$ 1,245. ORDER

 

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#6508 - c. 1890 POUYANNE, Paris Light Aquamarine Silk Velvet Bonnet with Black Net Embroidered Blue and Gold Tinsel with Lace Scarf Ties!  I'm sure this bonnet was owned by a quite wealthy woman from the era... perhaps one of the "400"?  I have to imagine she had a matching gown ... oh, she would have been quite an extraordinary vision!  From the New York Times article of 1888 describing the Fall opening at Macy's, "Of the French Headwear, it is tribute enough to say that it comprises selections from the Paris houses of Mme. Pouyanne, Virot et Berthe...  Long trimmings, to hang from the back, still prevail.  They are mainly of ribbon... hanging long enough to admit of carrying it around the neck and tying it in front.  I figure with the mention of Pouyanne first in the list... it was "the" best of the best of Paris! This bonnet is especially pretty with the light aquamarine velvet gathered to frame the fabulous electric blue and mellow gold tinsel braid design.  The bonnet ties with long, long black chantilly lace!  Meant to sit on top of the head, so size is unimportant.  The condition is good, but not perfect.  The velvet is discolored in a few places from years of dust, and one of those places has created a very slight break in the velvet (only seen on close inspection).  Then if you really want me to get picky... some of the braiding is ever so slightly askew.  All in all a top Parisian designer hat of museum quality.

$ 985. ORDER

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#6577 - c. 1926 VIROT, Paris Brown Silk Satin and Brown Velvet Cloche! From the prestigious Rue de la Paix comes another top of the line Parisian milliners' hat.  Virot and Pouyanne were two of the best of the Victorian / Edwardian eras. Virot was so coveted that the hats are even mentioned in Edith Warton novels!  This hat, along with many of the others you will see on this website, are from a travelling museum collection of over 200 hats!  I hate the fact that it's my job to break up the collection, but it's a chance for you to add some of these special pieces to your own hat collection!  Who knows... perhaps you will create the next travelling museum hat collection in the future!!   This is extremely simple in design, but would have been fabulous with a brown satin 20s day dress.   Nearly a pinwheel design of brown satin and brown velvet with tiny little brim.  Excellent condition exterior.  The interior silk lining is tearing, but the label inside the crown is in perfect condition. Will fit a normal 22" size head without being a "headache" cloche.  Feels fine. Looks great. Could and should be priced higher for this label!!!

$ 385 ORDER

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#6563 - c. 1962 CHRISTIAN DIOR CHAPEAUX, Paris/New York High Hat Covered with Loops of Shaded Blue Organdy with Sprigs of Dior's Signature Lily of the Valley!  Dior's floral cocktail hats seemed to put a woman's face in the center of a bouquet These are meant to be worn high on the head more like a bubble shape than a tight and low fitted cloche.  The were the predecessors of the "mod" hat shape seen first  in 1964. This is my favorite of the three flower Dior hats I have from this Museum collection. I'm told (though I should know these things) that Dior's signature was lily of the valley flowers, so this hat should have a special place in your own collection. Excellent condition.  Will fit a normal 22" sized head.  

$ 345. ORDER

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#6582 - c. 1951 RARE LILLY DACHE, Paris/New York Bejeweled Calotte Cloche!  I went to see this amazing collection of over 200 hats when it was displayed at the American Textile History Museum, Lowell, MA back in Autumn, 2001. The fabulous Neil Vincent collection, who was quoted saying: "These are classic designs that represent the best historic examples of artistry and craftsmanship.  They are the purest form of fashion whose only function is to be fashionable".  The collection showcased high-style creations from 1780-1970 and showcased the legendary milliners such as Virot, Felix, Lilly Daché, Balmain and Balenciaga.  That all being said... I remember saying that this was one of my favorite hats in the exhibition!  Perhaps it's because I'm a sucker for 1920s beaded and sequin cloches (as my website groupies know!), and this was a 1950's version of that!   Burnished gold sequins and gold and green lame "braid" woven  in a deco design, studded with red, blue and green large jewels.  Just awesome.  Note: The hat looks a bit lumpy on the mannequin as she has molded hair, so it will be a bit better on you!  Will fit a normal sized 22" head.  

$ 865. ORDER

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#6664 - c. 1956 BALENCIAGA HATS, Paris Natural Straw Toque with Original Balenciaga Hat BoxOK... wanna feel like you have gone back in time to 1956 and you just got back from your Paris trip with your new most cherished possession.... that Balenciaga straw hat that coveted!  At least that is what you were going to tell your friends... when in actuality you went to G. Fox in Hartford (department store) and picked out this beauty from their designer department. Ok... now we fast forward 52 years...  and this hat looks like it came out of a time tunnel!  As I mentioned, there are "reproduction Balenciaga" vintage hats out there (I have one on this website), but it's hard to find the original vintage Balenciaga hats... and even more special, this one comes with the original hat box!  G. Fox & Co., Hartford, CT. Fits a normal sized 22" head. Near mint condition. 

$ 645. ORDER

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#6559 - c. 1954 PIERRE BALMAIN, Paris, Made in France Natural Straw Hat with Natural Mink TrimAn original designer hat from one of the masters of fashion!  Fascinating combination of natural straw "skimmer" (which is normally a summer hat), but trimmed with a matching natural mink trim!! There is a wisp of matching natural colored veiling at one side, and the original mink hatpin still intact at back. Excellent condition with only issue is some tearing in the veiling, but it's only tucked in the side, so it's not any issue at all.  

$ 465. ORDER

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#6678 - c. 1956 HATTIE CARNEGIE ORIGINAL Red Straw Toque with BowNow for all you classic Red Hat Club women! A Hattie Carnegie original in a very stiff red colored straw in a abbreviated Southeast Asian peasant coolie hat shape. But the woman wearing this was certainly no peasant! She obviously was a wealthy high society babe... wearing the most fashion forward designs!  Quite high quality and high fashion!  Excellent condition.  Wonderful!  

$ 325. ORDER

 

 

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#6553 - c. 1942 Mme. IRENE, Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles Sensational Straw Skimmer Hat Trimmed with Red Roses on Turban of Red Crepe!  OK... the hat is fabulous to say the least... but the label is also quite fascinating.  The Ambassador Hotel with the Cocoanut Grove nightclub inside opened in 1921 and instantly became a Mecca for the Rich & Famous of Hollywood. In the 30s and 40s the hotel was used for the Academy Awards and in 1944, the first Golden Globe awards.  Other events included Judy Garland's spectacular comeback concert after several years of illness at the Cocoanut Grove.  Despite all of its celebrated history & past glory days The Ambassador Hotel will forever be remembered  & associated with one of America's blackest days - The assassination of  Robert F Kennedy.  He had just finished delivering his victory speech for the Californian Primary, in the Hotel's Embassy Ballroom.  The hotel finally closed in 1989 and sadly, has since been demolished.  The Mme. Irene label may be that of Irene (the MGM designer), but I can't find any way to confirm that.  High style to be sure!!  I can see any Hollywood star of the era in this natural straw hat with attached semi-sheer red crepe turban.. and covered with a bouquet of red/pink 2-tone linen flowers at front.  Excellent condition.  Measures 22.5" but will fit many heads as the turban is worn wherever it fits you. Love this!!  Measures: 14.5" x 14.5"

$ 845. SOLD

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#6560 - c. 1955 SCHIAPARELLI, Paris Black Satin Toque with Fantasy Feathers! No surprise that this was designed by Schiaparelli who is known for surreal fashions.  Actually I call this my "crab" hat... doesn't resemble that at all when on... but when just sitting on a table, it's a bit frightening... I keep expecting to get pinched in the ass!  Meant to be worn on top of head so size isn't of importance, unless you have an unusually large head.... like Oprah (really... she mentions that quite often!). Black satin turban-like designed toque hat with the extra special black "fantasy" feathers.  I only call them that because I have no clue what they really are!! :)  Excellent condition.  And, of course, don't forget the Schiaparelli label!  

$ 345. ORDER

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#6561 - c. 1960 Haute Couture CHRISTIAN DIOR, Paris Black Silk Faille Turban!   NOTE:  This is Dior's "Made to Order" Label!   Since the definition of haute couture is "made to order" specifically for a client, well.. that's what this hat is.  Probably requested to match a particular outfit. What more needs to be said?  Fits a normal 22" size head. Mint condition.  

$ 395. ORDER

 

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#6551 - c. 1938 RARE AGNES, Paris Black Velvet Tam with Red and Green Velvet Flowers!  Madame Agnes was a French milliner who designed hats from the 1920s through 1940s.  As she was a sculptress, the styles of her hats were rather abstract and unique. This particular hat was imported by Janet Meisner, New York.  An wonderful black velvet tam or beret with interesting detailing topped with a bunch of red velvet flowers (they look like poinsettias) with green velvet leaves. Simple, yet fabulous!  Unfortunately, this hat isn't in perfect condition, but it's rare to find any hat with the original Agnes, Paris label, so....   and certainly it's priced to sell!!  Look at close-up photos for condition.  There is wear to the edges and small tears to the velvet in the under portion.  The flowers all look "tired", but likely could be perked up a bit.   

$ 245. ORDER

 

 

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#6578 - c. 1937 RARE SUZY et PAULETTE, Paris/Chicago Black Velour with Gilt Kid Leather Scroll with Veil!  This hat was one of my favorites in the back of museum quality hats that came to me recently!  Just wild!!  If you Google search Madame Suzy, you will find her hats are represented in the best museums including the New York City Metropolitan (Met).  She was one of the top ranked milliners in Paris. Excellent condition.  Very tall black velour "tube" with scrolled over top in gold gilt leather and black velour. You can wear the lovely netting in front or in back (as you can see in the photos). Very Deco in feel, and definitely a designer hat!!  

$ 685. ORDER

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#6552 - c. 1942 ENGEL FETZER Black Persian Lamb Stovepipe Doll Hat!   Oh, come on... try to beat this one!  Just imagine it worn with a 40's suit trimmed with black Persian lamb. Snazzy!  Very Joan Crawford.  No, not the "Mommy Dearest" version. Rather the fashionable "working woman" image of the 1940's movies.  If you don't know what I'm talking about... go rent a few. These 40s hats were worn tilted onto the forehead with the elastic usually hidden under the hair at back. This hat has a little black netting at back as well for a bit of interest from the back.  From the front, it's just an awesome sight of a black Persian lamb round "stovepipe" with opening down the center!!  Really!!  You could send smoke through it for fun! :)  A hard to see draped ornament is on it with a few tiny beads. A great and easily wearable hat! Excellent condition. One size fits all as it just sits on the head. 

$ 385. ORDER

 

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#6358 - c. 1891 Fancy Straw with Beige Faille and Black Velvet Ribbons Teeming with "Snowdrops"!  Nearly a cone shaped hat!  The hats got quite tall during the 1880's, so this is at the tail end of that trend. I'm having a hard time describing the fancy "straw" design of the base of this hat.... there is curly straw, but then there is another material woven into the design that is quite stiff, and feels/looks like an early plastic!!  I can't tell you what it is.  Feels slicker than horsehair, so perhaps it's just coated with something.  I don't know.  Just fabulously interesting! All trimmed in a a light tan/beige grosgrain ribbon and sprinkled with tiny off-white silk "snowdrops" and variegated velvet leaves.  Black velvet ribbon at back and under brim.  Very good to Excellent condition... just a little "tired" looking, and the china silk lining is just starting to split. Measures: 10" x 11" oval shape.  

$ 435. ORDER

 

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#6609 - c. 1896 A. FELIX, Paris Mushroom Colored Elaborate Woven Straw Hat with Ivory and Purple Chiffon and Silk Flowers! Oh (expletive).... I realize that I have this hat on my Brigetta mannequin head backward!!  I'll have to re-photograph, unless you are smart enough to grab this before someone else sees it.   Felix is a designer name you should know, but it you don't, you have lots of company.  Just as special as Worth, Doucet or Pingat to the women of the era.  Just harder to find these days!  Great mushroom color woven straw in a fabulously wavy shape.  Check out all the photos to see all the various angles and shapes created from the design.   Topped with purple and cream colored flowers and lavenders and ivory chiffon.  Sits on top of the head so size isn't an issue.  Excellent condition with just a bit of wear to the chiffon, and tearing to the china silk lining. 

$ 945. SOLD

 

 

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#6477 - c. 1955 MILGRIM Black Printed Shantung Silk Hat of "Balenciaga" ShapeDeep crowned hat covered with rose printed black silk shantung. This shape popularized by Balenciaga should be worn absolutely straight on the head to that one has to peek out from under it... lampshade style!   Milgrim was a specialty store in New York City They had both custom salon and RTW clothing, and they also imported French designs. Head in-house designer, Sally Milgrim, also designed three inaugural gowns for Presidential wives: Florence Harding, Grace Coolidge and Eleanor Roosevelt. Although this is a simple hat, it's perfection in shape and material and execution!!! Excellent condition.

$ 645. SOLD

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#6396 - c. 1948 ORIGINAL CASPAR DAVIS Absinthe-Green Straw Hat with Flowers! I have to confess that when I first saw this hat I laughed at it.  I mean it was just so comical looking.  Then I finally put it on my mannequin, and it came to life!  No longer funny, but now a fashion forward hat for a confident woman.  Someone who would have been comfortable wearing Schiaparelli and Bes Ben. Someone else had to name the color of the straw for me... it's a light yellowish green straw covered with a delicate pink speckled netting, and teeming with silk pink roses, and sweet light blue flowers.  And then comes that "funny" tall stiff satin covered standing circle.  Excellent condition. A fabulous display hat, or... if you dare to wear, please send me a photo!  :)  

$ 545. SOLD


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#7145 - c. 1970's EDOUARD JERROLD, Made in Italy Platform Peeptoe Pumps! Another pair of shoes I will not be walking around in! They don't call these KILLER for nothing!  More info coming, but Edouard Jerrold are museum worthy - and are in a few fashion museums worldwide! No size... too large for my 6.5 foot, and slightly narrow, so I'm guessing about a 7.5N (though I'm told the original owner wore a 7M).  They have been worn, but still look great.  Bright shiny gold metal sheathing surrounding the platform and heel, with ivory leather upper. I know measuring shoes is crazy, but for those of you who ask: Measures: 9 1/2" long, 3" wide, 4 5/8" heel, 1" platform. Great Edouard Jerrold platforms ard to find.  This is your opportunity to own a piece of history from a designer whose work is considered artistry. Edouard Jerrold was an iconic shoe designer during the 1970's and his shoes were high fashion designs of the times.  Currently, shoes designed by Jerrold are on display in the L.A. Museum of Art, and I'm told the Costume Institute at the  Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Very Good Condition... slight pits on the metal toes, and could just use a buffing of the metal. I'm leaving as found. 

$ 185. SOLD

From Museum Collection

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#6557- c. 1949 Hudson Bay Company Ivory Felt Beehive Hat!  From the era of Bes-Ben, so interesting shapes were quite popular and so... here's another!  Can't you just hear the buzz of those bees, or smell the honey?  Hat of old ivory felt trimmed beehive shaped hat with matching felt flowers and black veiling which evokes the veil of a beekeepers hat. Excellent condition with just one or two breaks in the black netting (easy to replace with new netting if you wish, or repair the old if you care). Bzzzz....    Size to fit a normal sized head.  Under $150 so final sale.

$ 145.  SOLD

 

 

 


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#0280 - c. mid 19th Century Steel Beaded Miser's Purse! A beauty. This purse has been in my personal collection for about 15 years!  I used to have a display for all my purses, but since I moved, that perfect spot no longer exists, so...  best to let my lovelies go live with someone else for a change!  This purse is in near Mint condition.... with fabulous twisted steel beaded fringe on both ends.   The entire piece is covered with the same steel beads. These purses were often worn folded over a lady's belt and were also known as a "long purse", or "stocking purse".  I read that the "miser's purse" name came from the fact that it's so hard to get anything out of it!  I don't know if this is true, or now just a fable, but it's certainly true in fact. Really mostly for show now anyway as it's not the right shape for a credit card! :) 

$ 225. SOLD

 

 

From Museum Collection

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#6354 - c. 1949 G. HOWARD HODGE, Fifth Ave., New York Black and Ivory Straw Hat with Huge Double Tassels!  I have no words... which is quite surprising for me! I just have to let this hat speak for itself.  SO unique! With incredible full double ivory silk tassels hanging on one side! All straw.  Great for summer.  The crown is fabulously molded and tied with bow at front - yet it's NOT stiff.... this is like a fabric straw!!  The G. Howard Hodge label always seem to be great, unique hats. This is no exception! Near Mint condition. Great hat to illicit those coveted "Wherever did you get that!" and "Wow, what a fabulous hat!" from your friends and even from strangers! Measures: 9" x 10" oval x 6" high.  You can wear it down on your head like a cloche, or high back on the head for a sweet look.  Pretty much two completely different looks.  

$ 345. SOLD


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#7316 - c. 1980's Paradox by Zalo, Made in Spain Clown Face Shoes! If you've been watching my website for awhile, you will know that I just LOVE wacky shoes.  I just can't stop looking at these! OR is it that they are the looking at ME???? :O   For those of you who have "Coulrophobia" (YES, a real psychological syndrome meaning "irrational, abnormal or exaggerated fear of clowns"!), quick... click away from this page!!  For the rest of you... these are a must have!  Black patent leather short 1.5" heeled pumps with the white clown face with red clown nose and huge clown lips and a bit of green leather puff of "hair".  100% leather.  Gently used condition so there are some scuffs and dirt on one heel, but hey... where are you gonna find another pair! :) Labeled size 6, but these usually fit small, so, best for 5.5 size.  

$ 185. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 5.5M (as these usually run a bit smaller than labeled 6)
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#7351 - c. 1940's FORSTNER 14KT GOLD Tubogas Style Necklace!  OK boys and girls, I will be the first to admit I am no jeweler. BUT this one is easy! :) Guess this was a popular necklace back in the 1940's as there are a few of them online you will see... ranging anywhere from a bit smaller version for $900 (or $550 if you want to go back to a sale in 1995 when gold was just a wee bit less expensive!! :)  and up to $2,950 for this same necklace.  The design is oh so simple... but the impact is perfect for those of you who don't want to flaunt it. This necklace is marked Forstner 14kt on the clasp (which works perfectly) and it measures 15.5" long (though has a bit of a flexible stretch to it, so can be a smidge longer!  You men out there will understand this concept!!! :).  It weights 2.6 oz. on my regular mail postage scale (so that's presumably a bit less in troy ounces - as the equation is:  one ounce = 0.911458333 troy ounce (so that's 2.3697915 troy ounces!).  Who came up with this stuff anyway!  So... as of today, this necklace is worth exactly $1,975 in gold value, so that's the price! You can pay an extra $1000 from the jeweler, or you can buy it directly here.  As the price of gold goes up, so might the price of this necklace, so.... 

$ 1,975.  SOLD


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#7420 - c. 1910 Huge Off-White Ostrich Feather Fan with Celluloid Sticks!  Someone must be hording all these fabulously large ostrich fans because they are getting so much harder to find... and believe me, I'm always on the lookout.  Sure, I can find them half this size, or new ones (that just aren't the same!), but these "full body" antique fans are getting pretty rare.  I show the size of my fans up against my dressform so you can see how much of the body it covers.. from your shoulder to your upper thigh (unless you are an Amazon)!!  Take an exotic dance class and dance behind this fan! :)  If you want to use it, you don't have to open it all the way... and if you want to play Elise McKenna in "Somewhere In Time", remember, she had a large white feather fan! :)  OR just leave it all the way open on a fireplace mantle for a unique decoration!  Excellent condition, with just a hint of spotting at the very edges of a couple feathers (see photo)... and if you are REALLY picky, note that this fan isn't fully white.... but you will love it!!  I sold a similar fan with these same white ostrich feathers and celluloid sticks that was from TIFFANY & CO!!! These weren't cheap when new. Measures: 16" tall x 27" at widest.

$ 425. SOLD

FROM THE ESTATE OF ANITA LOOS!

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#5225 - c. 1940's/1950's Made to Order Hat, BERGDORF GOODMAN On the Plaza, New York Unique "Package" Magenta Satin Toque Hat with Bow!  Owned and Worn by ANITA LOOS!  Anita Loos had a collection of hats.... and I bought them all!  I just love the fact that she purchased unique shapes and styles!  Nothing basic!  And nothing inexpensive!! :)  This was specially made to order at the high-end Bergdorf Goodman store.  In the 1960's, Halston began his career designing hats for Bergdorf under this same label.  Though this was earlier.  I've also seen Balenciaga Bergdorf Made to Order hats, so who knows who actaully designed this on!  Love the shape and color or a magenta satin.  It's stiff, though has the look of being "gathered" by the bow.  Most likely created to match a particular outfit for Ms. Loos.  Excellent condition.  Oh, and if you don't know Anita Loos is, you should!   Click on the link below!       http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anita_Loos

$ 485. SOLD

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