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Astounding Paradise Plumes Head-dress 1913-1920s,gatsby Follies Bandeau W Gilt For Sale

Astounding Paradise Plumes Head-dress 1913-1920s,gatsby Follies Bandeau W Gilt

ASTOUNDING, genuine antique Bird Of Paradise Plumed, gold flecked metallic cloth Bandeau or Headdress. TALL SWOOPING male plumage is glossy and black, and each airy feather tapers to an near invisible end or "wire" that is delicate and ethereal. Bandeau head-dress is an unusual and exotic wrap style, made of dense "cloth of gold"...burnt orange cloth is woven through with metallic gold threads. Knotted at the sides, and embellished with a sparkling, bronze glass beaded millinery brooch or jeweled oval. From a museum de-accession, dated to the mid to late 'Teens or early 1920's, made in France, from a Newport RI estate. FANTASTIC and rare, this is the same type of Flapper era bandeau headdress worn by the characters in Downton abbey and The Great Gatsby. Makes a stunning and head turning headpiece to wear to you next special dress event, or to add to your millinery collection. See below for more details. .


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I can see some Flapper woman prancing about on New Year's Ever in this headdress! Or perhaps a dancer from the Follies or Scandals!! The paradise plumage is quite scarce, as the birds are no longer hunted for their feathers. These have been taken from the male bird and dyed black, as was very popular to do at the time. The plumes are sturdy, measuring 20" long EACH from center end to delicate end, and wired in the center and wrapped in the same fabric as the hat/headdress. The jewel may have originally been placed over the plumes, or perhaps worn at center front of the head wrap.


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As you can see in the photo below, the long bird of paradise wings or back plumage are attached together with a wrapping of this same gold cloth, but are no longer attached to the hat. The bandeau is made of a good weight cloth due to the gold metallic threads, and it sort of slips over the head like a headband, and is supple and soft, not stiff and has no inner foundation. There were 2 tiny snaps in the back which have gone missing, but you can tie this or sew it in place. I was not sure if I had it on backwards or forwards! The jewel embellishment has this same gold/orange cloth backing as all parts are original. It would be easy to permanently sew or pin the plumage back on to the side of the bandeau, or move the jewel to the front of the forehead, (jewel brooch has a semi soft backing)..... I leave that for the new owner who may want them placed differently than I have done in my photos. Circumference is adjustable, and is approx 22 1/2" around and gives to 23" with ease.


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CONDITION is Very Good .... some age and flaws to note as mentioned above..PLEASE SEE THE PHOTOS........selling this "as found". Will make a fabulous part of a collection, or to display or study. A scarce fashion history item, with some age. Has been well stored, ....and never saw an attic or basement ... It is not dirty or soiled and has no odors. ..The feathers are very good to excellent, glossy and supple....NO shedding or breaks......the metallic gold cloth is very good... has some age but is not soiled, worn, no holes or rips..supple, not dry or brittle....snaps missing in back....plumes are not attached.. looks a bit tired....but is still a rare hat.....please see the photos and close ups......... Offered AS FOUND, with a low opening offer and . The plumage alone is worth 10 times my opening offer. NO RETURNS.

PLEASE.... ask if you need more info, as there will be NO RETURNS on vintage hats and head wear.....

SHIPPING........We ship from the West Coast. We normally ship every 3-4 days. All parcels are well packed, with special care given to antique hats, and shipped USPS with insurance and tracking. Shipping may be less than shown for the West Coast USA, and shipping may be more or less than shown for International shipping.


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