This brown velvet hat is one of the few pieces in the Kearny History Museum that comes with an exciting provenance. It is decorated with fine brown plumage and a bird's head. The bird is unfortunately missing its right "eye." The crown is turned up in back. All over the hat, the velvet is gathered to produce a textural effect. Along the rim of the crown, the velvet has worn away. The hat has a fitted lining made of disintegrating black cotton.
|Look at all that dust, eughh!|
|Note the threadbare velvet.|
|Disintegrating black cotton underneath the hat helps hold the hat on a head.|
|The beads of the purse have a black-brown shimmer.|
|I suspect that those bits of purple/brown material might be the remnants of a silk lining.|
|Very detailed embroidered motif.|
|I'm not too sure how those huge gaping tears came to be! I was afraid to wash it due to the fragility of the material.|
Regardless, I think the accessories really "make" this display. I've arranged the accessories the way they were originally placed, as from a stylistic point of view their initial placement was visually pleasing and effective in creating a "scene."
|Before washing the gloves. This staining could also be fading from excessive light.|