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Title: Hat
Identifier: 983.12.16
Donor: Jean Stager
Item Date: 1930 1945
Creation Date: 2012
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A ladies felt hat with a slightly curved brim. The brim narrows and slopes as it approaches the back. It has a piece of black ribbon running around the crown that meets at the centre back. There is an elaborate 3 section horizontal bow with 2 pieces of ribbon running vertically over it at the centre back of the hat.

Felt is a non-woven cloth made from pressed and matted fibres. It is made from animal fibres, like wool or fur, and is usually soaked in soapy water and agitated until the fibres stick together to make cloth. A second process for making felt (popular from the mid-17th century until the mid-20th century) was called "carroting". The process required 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 go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felt

Mrs. Jean Stager and her husband Bill moved to Lorne Park in 1952 and lived there for 43 years. In the mid 1990s, they moved to Oakville but continued to remain Charter members of the Presbyterian Church on Clarkson Road. Mrs. Stager worked on the Home and School Society for Lorne Park Public School and was on the Auxiliary of the Mississauga Symphony. She worked as a nurse at Mississauga Hospital. She also worked for the Victoria Order of Nurses (VON) in Peel. Mrs. Stager moved to British Columbia in late 2007. This items could have belonged to Mrs. Stager's mother, Mrs. Veitch, and was kept in a trunk in Mrs. Stager's Lorne Park home.
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