Visit The Gatherings, to see all of the beautiful antique and vintage textiles I have ~ antique clothing, hats, accessories, children's clothing, vintage bed and table linens, antique children's toys, vintage sewing notions, quilts and so much more!
I had the good fortune recently to buy several ladies hats dating about 1900 - 1905. In looking at these hats it was very apparent of the complexity of each one. A milliner's delight to be sure! And the cost of the finished product certainly might be astounding especially created by a milliner of high repute. As the hat grew ever-increasing in size from this era so did the proportion of trimmings. Yards of silk, satin & other ribbon along with silk or velvet flowers would have surely been a must. Of course, feathers and more feathers giving rise to heights of these hats. Also available were cut steel trim pieces, jet novelties, buckles & netting.
Many of these novelty trims could be purchased from Sears, Roebuck and Co. such as the cut steel, jet and buckles. A fabric spray of American Beauty roses sold for 25 cents, silk ones for 32 cents.