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By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | May 5, 2021

How would you describe this hat? Jaunty springs to mind.
It is a soft shape brownish gray felt hat with upturned brim, felt edging, and one large flight feather from a Great Argus Pheasant wrapped around base of crown. 
Bessie Pearson of Saint Paul wore this hat in 1919.