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I have managed to acquire a hat that is the right shape for a ladies Leghorn hat and want to adorn it with period-correct feathers/decoration etc. I have the illustration from Godey's March 1862, but wondered if anyone had a photo of an original or reproduction that I could study?

Grateful for any help!

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Howdy
I've had a quick look sadly there not much illustration on the subject but heres a link for a book on amazon that might help
http://www.amazon.com/Vintage-Hats-Bonnets-1770-1970-Identification/dp/1574320289#reader_1574320289 



Braided leghorn straw silk brocade ribbon embroidered blue silk ribbon & grey cotton brim lining

 

 
Sorry not much help it's not my subject
 
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What kind of hat are you leaning toward? Is it a bonnet or a wide brimed hat?


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A wide-brimmed hat like that in the last illustration above. Thanks.


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I hope this information is still useful for you Calamitelaine, but I just recently found some examples of originals.


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I have a 'Leghorn' hat in wool felt (from Blockade Runner), I'm not at all sure of it's correctness as I've never seen an image like it. These are the nearest in shape; but I've left mine un-trimmed as more of an everyday working-class hat. Bonnets were still more a la mode in the early 1860's.
The one on the left


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Thanks Calico and Alice.
I had found a cheap charity shop wool felt hat that I recognised as the same shape as in the Godey's illustration and wanted to trim it for the Rochester Dickensian Christmas Parade. I, too, was not sure how correct these were, but, trimmed with some ribbon and ostrich feathers, it served its purpose! The feathers will come off to use, like you Alice, as an everyday hat as very good at keeping off the rain!!

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I, too, was not sure how correct these were


I think the hat's correctness has a lot to do with age. I believe they were more popular among young women and women who regarded high fashion.


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Hmmmm - anyone want to buy a leghorn hat?


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Ditto!!!


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And there's us with a hatless 15 year old fashion victim in the house 
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Hmmmm - anyone want to buy a leghorn hat


Calamitelaine had asked about the 1860s. If you are wearing it for a later period I do not know the trend for the hats. Remember you can still be a lady of high fashion taste.


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Calamitelaine had asked about the 1860s. If you are wearing it for a later period I do not know the trend for the hats. Remember you can still be a lady of high fashion taste.


....or a lady with no taste at all in millinery!



Seriously, I wonder how correct this type of wool felt hat is, the picture in Godeys appears to be a type of straw, and leghorn is defined as:
a. The dried and bleached straw of an Italian variety of wheat.
b. A plaited fabric made from this straw.
c. A hat made from this fabric.
 
 

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What about using the felt hat as a riding hat??

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I will continue to wear mine as an 'everyday' hat, as Elaine says it keeps the rain off.


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