ARCHIVE - 1950s Orange Straw and Floral Spray Hat

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This is a most charming 1950s orange straw hat with handmade floral sprays and piped velvet trim. A classic piece of millinery from the era when women always wore hats, often made especially to wear with a particular dress or suit. Today this hat would easily be paired with a trouser suit for a preppier look or with a fit and flare dress of the same era. The orange straw is of the finest quality and so too is the handmade floral spray work that spans the brim. Each flower is individually cut and wrapped beautifully onto green stems. The crown of the hat is finished with a piped velvet trim giving this piece extra style and definition. The piping ends at the back with a sweet knot. The hat is a percher style in that it has a built in velvet clad wire frame that allows the wearer to sit the hat on the head. It could be worn forward over one eyebrow as is common with modern hats or in the original style, slightly to the rear, framing the face. This would be a gorgeous hat for Royal Ascot or Goodwood Revival!

Condition wise the hat is in excellent vintage condition with no signs of wear. It will fit any head size due to the wire frame percher style. Although unlabelled, this hat is of the utmost quality and was certainly retailed in a high end atelier or department store.

Width - 11 in. (27.9 cm)
Height - 3 in. (7.6 cm)
Depth - 3.5 in. (8.9 cm)

Pickup currently unavailable at CIRCA VINTAGE


Will you set anything aside for me before I come?

We are happy to find anything you may be interested in from our website - please let us know a week in advance. 

We also have an extensive offline collection. If you let us know your size, style, favourite colour to wear and perhaps your budget, we can browse through our archive in advance of your appointment. 

Do I need to bring anything with me?

Clients may wish to bring modern shapewear when trying on garments from certain eras, especially the 1950s. Vintage clothing was often worn with undergarments that shaped the waist and as such is tailored for them.

We have a huge variety of slip dresses and petticoats to complete your look; many of which are also for sale.

You may also wish to bring your favourite footwear. We often find a classic pair of nude shoes work well when trying on, or a pair in gold or silver.

Do you have a price range?

Many of our lower-priced pieces (under £150) are not available to buy online. Our prices range from £80 - £600 for separates. Dresses start at around £150 and go up to £2,500 for the very best antique pieces and designer vintage. Our bridalwear ranges from £300 - £3,000.

Can I bring anyone with me?

Yes but please do let us know the size of your party in advance.

Where can I get alterations?

We offer some alterations in house. Should you need alterations we cannot provide, we can refer you to one of our tried and trusted tailors.

Do you have an after-care service?

We will advise you on the best way to clean and preserve your vintage pieces and can also recommend trusted local dry cleaners.

Can I cancel my appointment?

You are free to cancel but please do give us as much notice as possible. If you cancel less than 24 hours before your appointment, you will be invoiced a late cancellation fee of £25.

Where's the showroom?

Our address is Circa Vintage, 87A Lansdowne Way London SW8 2PB

Upon arrival, buzz the 87A button on the gate or call us 020 7736 5038 to let you in.

Do you have parking?

We offer free, secure, off-street parking but it is a tight squeeze – so do let us know in advance if you will be needing this and we can make sure that there is space available.

How do I get there by public transport?


Stockwell (7 min walk) - Northern and Victoria Lines

Nine Elms (9 min walk) – Northern Line


Wandsworth Road (13 min walk) – Westbound to Clapham Junction / Eastbound to Dalston Junction

What payment methods do you accept?

Cash, credit/debit card, bank transfer, contactless, Paypal