Pillbox Hat

Description:

Pillbox hat of knit material with embroidery and mirrors. The black fabric of the hat is covered with yellow embroidered star shapes and small circular mirrors ca. 1.5 cm. in diameter bordered by red thread embroidery/crochet. Cylindrical crown formed as slightly "crushed", folding in in some areas and bulging out in others, and with gently scalloped lower edge. Top is generally flat, with an applied tear-drop shaped section of the same material, with trailing "ribbons" of same material extending off of back of hat. The edge of the applied panel and the lower edge of the crown are edged with alternating red and black beads, with two strands and two loops of the same beading descending from the between the "ribbons" at top. The inside of the crown is lined in red mesh and edged with red grosgrain ribbon. There are two plastic combs, one at either side, to secure hat to wearer's head.

Designer's label inside crown: "Bes-Ben / Made in Chicago"

Gift of Mr. John C. Murphy, through the Chicago Historical Society.

Creator(s): Green-Field, Benjamin B.
Location(s): United States - Illinois - Cook County - Chicago
Creation Date: 1952  
Partner(s):
UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
Collection(s):
Texas Fashion Collection
Usage:
Total Uses: 102
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Date(s):
  • Creation: 1952
Coverage:
Place
United States - Illinois - Cook County - Chicago
Date
1952  
Description:

Pillbox hat of knit material with embroidery and mirrors. The black fabric of the hat is covered with yellow embroidered star shapes and small circular mirrors ca. 1.5 cm. in diameter bordered by red thread embroidery/crochet. Cylindrical crown formed as slightly "crushed", folding in in some areas and bulging out in others, and with gently scalloped lower edge. Top is generally flat, with an applied tear-drop shaped section of the same material, with trailing "ribbons" of same material extending off of back of hat. The edge of the applied panel and the lower edge of the crown are edged with alternating red and black beads, with two strands and two loops of the same beading descending from the between the "ribbons" at top. The inside of the crown is lined in red mesh and edged with red grosgrain ribbon. There are two plastic combs, one at either side, to secure hat to wearer's head.

Designer's label inside crown: "Bes-Ben / Made in Chicago"

Gift of Mr. John C. Murphy, through the Chicago Historical Society.

Physical Description:

Measurements: 18 cm. front to back; 17 cm. side to side; 6 cm. high at highest point.

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Added Title: Pill Box Hat
Partner:
UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
Collection:
Texas Fashion Collection
Identifier:
  • LOCAL-CONT-NO: 1981.009.002
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metadc38068
Resource Type: Physical Object
Format: Image
Rights:
Access: Public
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