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Title: Hat
Identifier: 983.12.13
Donor: Mrs. Jean Stager
Item Date: 1930-1945
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: Pale blue felt lady's hat. Hat has a wider brim in the front than in the back. This front section turned down and the back turned up. There is a piece of blue ribbon running around the crown of the hat and is tied into a bow at the side. 3 small feathers of red, yellow and green are stuck into the bow.

Felt is a non-woven cloth made from pressed and matted fibres. It is made from natural animal fibres and is usually soaked in soapy water and agitated until the fibres form together to make a cloth. Another process for making felt was used from the mid-17th century until the mid-20th century and was called “carroting.” It involved using mercury which led to mercury poisoning in hatters and is the origin of the term “mad as a hatter.” Mercury was banned in the felt industry in 1941 in the United States. Felt can be very soft but is durable and has the ability to be formed into any shape and can be dyed any colour. For more information see: _http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felt_
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