Wide brimmed straw hat, c. 1910, worn by Mary Battey Nichols Wells, (1889-1968) wife of jewelry store owner, Edward Descombe Wells, Sr. of Savannah, GA. This enormous hat is lined with black silk and trimmed with a huge red and while silk bow. We have a photograph of Mrs. Wells wearing this stunning hat within this posting, please be sure to scroll through all photos.

Both hats and hairstyles for women reached extravagant proportions in the first years of the twentieth century. The hair was enhanced with wire supports or rats, padding and added hair and was swept up from the face to often towering heights. Add to this the large hat that almost floated above the wearer. These dimensions often caused problems at theaters and churches in addition to requiring extremely long and rather lethal hatpins.

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TEXTILE TUESDAYS: Each Tuesday we post a piece from our textile collection.  Some items have been on exhibit, some will eventually be shown in our new Historic Textiles Gallery and some may be just too fragile to display. We hope you enjoy our selection each week – do let us know if there’s something in particular you’d like to see on TEXTILE TUESDAY! #TextileTuesday