Hat | Bergdorf Goodman (American, founded 1899) | Date: 1944 | Material: wool, silk | During the war years of the 1940s, when materials used for clothing were rationed, hats were a way for women to express their personality and include some liveliness into somber war-time ensembles | Hats with a small crown worn at a rakish angle were typical, and added a sense of fun. The net face veil is also characteristic of the time, as the bow decorations | The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Hat Sally Victor (American, 1905–1977) Date: 1938 Culture: American Medium: Straw, silk Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Sally Victor, Inc., 1944
Silk Quaker bonnet, American, ca. 1850. Shows the simplicity of form and exquisite workmanship that Quaker hats were renowned for. Instead of the deep pleats often used by Quakers, this model is gathered where the crown meets the brim, giving the illusion of being pleated. "Belonged to Mrs. John J. Merritt, great grandmother of Winthrop Trowbridge who lived at 114-116 Columbia Heights from 1827-1871".