Little Brims of the 1860s

I just can’t decide if I like those little brims I am seeing on some hats of the 1860s. They aren’t just little, they are little little. They are not functional. They are not wide enough to add shape to. (you know me, I like curves.)

This piece from the MET is a pretty good example of what I mean. See, very little brim. The ribbon, which I like, is wider than the brim.

MET Collection

This is another example. Again, very little brim. At some point, someone tried to add a little curve to the front and the back. I’m not sure if that was original or not. (I’m not sure that ribbon was original.)

MET Collection

Of course, with this weird indecision on whether I like this little brim or not, I am very tempted to make one. I happen to have a crown started that is tempting me a bit too much.

Published in: on July 21, 2015 at 1:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

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