Tuesday, January 29, 2013

My Vintage Hat Collection

I have been stumped as to what to blog about these past few weeks. The weather has been too cold for outfit shots outside and none of my inside ones turn out very well. I also haven't been doing much except job hunting, sleeping, and tidying my room. So since I have nothing new to share I thought maybe I should share one of my many collections. I am natural born "collector" *cough* hoarder *cough* and have many different collections. One of my favourites is my hat collection. I have a lot of modern and homemade hats as well, but I thought I would focus on my vintage hat collection. (Overall I have well over 60 hats so I obviously had to narrow the focus of this post!)

I may have forgotten a few, but here they are:

A very frilly white number
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This one has the most spectacular feather I have ever seen. The pictures don't do it justice.
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This was the first vintage hat I ever purchased. It is from the 1930's. 
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And this is the most expensive hat I've ever purchased. When I bought it it was labelled as a Victorian hat. After a bit of research I think it is more likely from the 20s/30s but I love it none the less. 
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This one has the most darling pin. 
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I just realized this is the only vintage hat of mine that is not white/cream or black. It looks a bit dark in the photos but it is navy with pink flowers. It is going to be my Easter hat this year. 
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This hat was in pretty tough shape when I bought it but I have managed to restore its shape more or less. 
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This hat is currently awaiting some restoration work (it needs a good blocking for starters!).
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This was my latest purchase. It is a Victorian bonnet. The ribbon at the back needs a bit of work but it was a steal! Now I just need a Victorian style dress to go with it!
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This last one may not technically count as a "hat" but I had to include it. It is a 1960's nurses cap and came with a matching cape. I love that the original owners name is printed on the inside. It needs a good press though, so apologizes for the wrinkles!
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I just adore hats and if you look hard enough at antique stores you can often find them at pretty good prices. Overall most of my hats cost under $20, with the occasional splurge. I keep most of them in boxes with a few on display that I rotate a few times a year. 

That's All.

5 comments:

  1. Be still my vintage hat loving heart, what an incredibly beautiful collection you have! I'm smitten with all of these gems, but am going especially weak in the knees over your Victorian bonnet. I've always wanted one myself as well.

    Thank you for sharing some of you your stellar collection of chapeaus with us, it was a total treat to behold.

    ♥ Jessica

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  2. All of your hats are amazing!! But that white hate with the feather is to die for... :)

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  3. How lovely! I too have entirely too many hats! :)

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  4. Great hats! But I especially love the nurses cap. Probably because I'm a nurse myself ;)

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  5. That's a wonderful collection. I adore each one.

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