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. 1 is hat of black silk pile imitating beaver, with high sheen; black lace hat band, bowed in back with long extensions; small black velvet bow at hatband front center; lined with padded brown taffeta with brown braided silk drawstring; interior lined with stiffened paper and brown taffeta; black elastic chin strap. . 2A is botton of hat box; cardboard covered externally with dark eggplant colored paper, natural twill ties; writing on exterior bottom of box. . 2B is cover; cardboard with exterior top & sides covered with same eggplant paper; top edges painted gold (darkened).
paper (fiber product)
velvet (fabric weave)
1. Printed in gold letters inside center of hat: ""W.C. BROWN,/ RIDING & FANCY/HATTER,/TO QUEEN VICTORIA,/THE EMPRESS OF THE FRENCH,/AND THE ELITE OF EUROPE/13 & 14, NEW BOND STREET,/LONDON. (W.)"" gold crown to left of printing, gold shield with flags & crown to right of printing. 2. In pencil on exterior bottom of hat box ""RIDING HAT S.F.C./ TO BE KEPT""
Original to Codman House (Lincoln, Mass.),
Bequest of Dorothy S.F.M. Codman