Posted 4 years ago
This is a wonderful dark navy blue velour cloche that is very "flapper". Folds and a thin, separate velour bow on one side and a rounded cap on the rest. Covered all over the front with hand applied sequins each holding a seed pearl. There is a wide loose veil. This is quite a thick warm hat so it was designed for winter - maybe for holiday parties as it is not your typical everyday hat. It's probably the thickest velour I have seen used to make a hat. It's an early Henry Pollack from New York guessing by the imported French velour. Probably just before the war, as I am certain that France was not exporting very much post 1939. It is beautifully made - unlined (thank goodness as one would probably find this plenty warm enough without a lining if worn to an indoor event!) but with a matching grosgrain ribbon hat band inside. A simple but classy and clever design by Henry Pollack! Maybe this is better called a caplet or a topper, but personally I really think it emulates the cloche (too bad we can't ask the designer!) in many respects so I am going to list it under cloche and flapper hats.