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Tarnished Past~Ladies' Antique & Vintage Hats




Circa Late 30s to 40s Black Leather Toy Tilt Topper Hat with Huge Red Bows

This is one of my favorites! A petite toy tilt hat of soft black glove/kid leather trimmed with big red grosgrain ribbon bows, overlapping one another & draping off the brim~ Certainly a rather high end hat for the time period.


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Circa Late 30s to 40s Black Spangled Loops & Veil Juliette Cap Hat

A darling little Juliette cap of black felt with big same fabric loops accented with sparkling black spangles & finished with a scrumptious, long black veil. A very coquettish little number!


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Circa Late 30s to 40s Rhinestone Sprinkled Lace Black Velvet Tilt Topper Hat

A sultry & oh so flirtatious black velvet number, very similar to a newsboy cap or a beret but with va~va~va~voom accents of fine black Chantilly lace, accented with rhinestones, as an eye skimming blusher & a skirt at the back.


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Circa Late 30s, early 40s Darling Roses Trimmed Blue Cell Toy Tilt Hat

A cute~as~can~be tilt hat of glossy, deep blue cellophane straw trimmed with beautiful (very fresh looking for their age too!) millinery roses & a dab of netting, the head strap is a clever use of folded over & intertwined grosgrain ribbon (many such inventive millinery innovations came about during the rationing of supplies up to & through WWII).


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Circa Late 30s, 40s LONG Tassel Brown Felt Fez


A jaunty fez, so popular in the late 30s to 40s, made of chocolate brown felt with numerous stitching details & a very long, same fabric tassel draping off the crown. Another fun example of the creativity milliners used when faced with the supply rationing of WWII~ using all the scraps of materials & embellishing with stitching!


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Circa Late 30s, 40s BIG Bows & Lucite Flowers Brimmed Hat

A striking style, very mens wear & art deco inspired. A firm black hat with turned up brim trimmed with fantastic, big satin & grosgrain ribbon “bows” accented with large, crystal clear flower jewels.


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Circa Late 30s, 40s LONG Black Tassel & Frog Bumper Brim Tilt Topper Hat

An ultra chic, tiny black bumper brim felt tilt topper with simple felt knots on the crown & across the back, but oh, the back! A very long & slinky rayon satin tassel hangs alluringly off the pointed back, attached by an ornate frog. All I can say is “WOW”!


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Circa Late 30s, early 40s Black Spangles & Fishnet Toy Tilt Topper Hat

A glitzy little toy tilt topper, like a tiny top hat, in sparkling black spangles, the open crown overlaid with wide fishnet, big fishnet bows on one side & even the head strap is fishnet! Toy tilt hats were one of the millinery designers answers to the WWII supply rationing; make smaller hats~use less materials.


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Circa Late 1930s~Mid 1940s BIG Feathered Faux Bird Trimmed Black Wide Brim Hat

A scrumptious & well styled number, all artfully blocked & sculpted felt with a single, large faux bird complete with long, glossy iridescent tail draping down the back~


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Circa Late 1930s 1940s Black & Red Felt & Suede Sugar Loaf Witch Pilgrim Style Hat


A truly playful hat of black felt with a tall, sugar loaf style crown, fire engine red suede band & tiny black bows with a sculpted & curved brim, decidedly pilgrimesque or witch couture! I gave into temptation & wore this for Halloween as a Pin Up 40s style witch, wickedly fun!


7 notes | Reblog | 3 years ago

Circa Late 1930s 1940s Black Feathers & Fishnet Cocktail Hat

A glamorous black felt cap cleverly styled with very little actual material (WWII war effort rationing of millinery supplies) & artfully accented with sumptuous sprays of black feathers & large fishnet netting at the back, two hat pins are still in place~ oh, that Old Hollywood elegance!


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Circa Late 1930s 1940s Brown Robin Hood Hat with a Long Tailed Pheasant


A striking & now rare Robin Hood inspired brown felt hat trimmed with a gorgeous faux pheasant made of real feathers over a spun cotton body, check out those tail feathers!


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Circa Late 1930s 1940s Brown Felt Wide Brim Tilt Hat with Enormous Rose

A very chic & feminine brown felt tilt hat with a generous brim, trimmed with a large, coiling same fabric rose cleverly constructed from smaller felt scraps (a direct result of the WWII war effort rationing imposed on milliners). This lovely hat was worn by a bride for her wedding, which was very common during the war, when weddings were a bit of a rushed affair, before seeing ones sweetheart off to serve. How romantic!


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Circa Late 1930s Black Cat Ears Hat

A whimsical black, spiraling cello straw hat styled in the shape of cat ears, reminiscent of some of Renaissance head dresses, with a delightful, looping, back head grip


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Circa Late 1930s 1940s Black Spangled HUGE Orchid Flower & Circles Toy Tilt Hat

A glamorous WWII era number of black felt with a large & chunky same fabric flower (looks like an orchid, iris or lily) accented with sparkling spangles, the little hat pad is trimmed with eye~catching same fabric circles. Note the clever usage of the smaller pieces of felt, which, along with many other materials, was rationed during the war. Milliners were pushed to heights of cleverness in scrap material usage, this hat is a fantastic example!


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