Deep Dive: Exploring the Gilded Age

Feathered Black Fur Beret

This beret is made of black fur and has a metal form and black material lining. The front is decorated with long black feathers, sized blue feathers and small blue iridescent feathers. The feathers have a plastic cap at the bottom of the bundle to hold them together. A piece of black velvet material wraps around the base of the feathers.

This hat is believed to have been worn as early as the 1910's, with continued use all the way into the 1950's. Sadly there is no label on the inside to indicate a manufacturer, but the hat is nevertheless in great condition.

This hat is part of our extensive collection of Gilded Age hats found within the Rogers Mansion. It is on display for our High Style in the Gilded Age exhibition at the Southampton History Museum, specifically in the Mrs. Enoch's Millinery Shop section.

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