Lace Wedding Hat, 1950s Straw Sailor by Fisk Chicago


Looking for something more unique than the traditional wedding veil? This 1950s sailor is a beautiful lace wedding hat.
Approx. Hat Size (cm): 20″ (51); Diameter: 8″ (20); Height Crown: 1.75″ (4.5); Width of Brim in front: 1″ (2.5).
Condition:  Minor wear commensurate with age.
Era: 1950s.
Mark/Label: None.
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A lovely lace wedding hat in a sailor style.  Convert it to spring wear after your ceremony.

Vintage Wedding Hat Details

  • Straw sailor in white.
  • The crown is covered in white lace
  • White grosgrain ribbon hatband with side bow.
  • Brim telescopes from .50 inch in back to 1″ in the front.
  • This lace wedding hat is a small size but you can attached small combs to keep it in place on the top of your head.
  • Attach some silk chiffon or lace in the back for a trailing veil.

What is a Sailor Hat?

Today the term “sailor hat” usually conjures up an image of a white cotton cap with straight up flaring brim, such as those worn by men in the Navy in the mid-20th century. That is still the proper name for the cotton hat worn in the Navy. The term means something entirely different when describing a woman’s hat, Sailor, or a men’s hat, Boater.

From the early 1900s through the 1960s, women’s hats referred to as “sailors” were the female equivalent of mens’ straw boaters. The lady’s sailor had a round flat brim, a crown with straight vertical sides and often flat tops – like a round or oval pillbox with a flat brim. Sometimes the crown on a sailor is taller than the crown on a boater, sometimes shallower.  Some lady’s sailors had domed crowns.

The April 1950 Flair magazine classified 1950s sailors into these sub-categories: wide brim, down-brim, bowl-crowned, and crush-crowned (indented like a porkpie crown).  An article in a 1963 Hats magazine lists the 1960s sailor styles as: boater, gaucho, roller, and kettle edge brim.  From Hatatorium:  An Essential Guide for Hat Collectors, 2nd Edition.

About Fisk Hats

Fisk was a long established Chicago millinery house that survived the Chicago Fire of 1871.  The  largest west of Allegheny mountain business until 1931. “Creators of Correct Millinery.” Advertisement in The Illustrated Milliner January 1920 announced shows of their spring lines in hotels in Cleveland, St. Louis, St. Paul.   Known to have produced hats through the 1960s with the label “Individually Tailored by Fisk, Chicago”.

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