Can you identify these hat feathers?

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion Q & A' started by Vintage Runway, May 16, 2018.

  1. Vintage Runway

    Vintage Runway Trade Member

    This is a stunning hat covered with gray iridescent feathers. Some are long and some are shorts and layered. Do you know what kind of feathers these are?

    Thank you!

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  2. Rue_de_la_Paix

    Rue_de_la_Paix Trade Member

    Can you show a close up of both types of feathers? The shorter ones look to be coque feathers, from a rooster; either an Asian variety or what is called a Spanish rooster. Hard to tell on the others unless I can get a closer look. Possibly "burnt" chamically treated ostrich, rhea, or vulture.
  3. Vintage Runway

    Vintage Runway Trade Member

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  4. The Vintage Merchant

    The Vintage Merchant Administrator Staff Member

    wow! what a great hat, Suzanne!!
  5. Rue_de_la_Paix

    Rue_de_la_Paix Trade Member

    Yes, a quite unique treatment on those feathers makes this a wonderful hat! They are indeed coque/rooster feathers, likely from the sides or tail of the bird. What is so interesting is that the milliner has cut and trimmed the feathers to a short choppy length and then overlaid them in a sort of mosaic or tiled roof technique. Really nice.

    I am still not 100% sure what the other feathers are are when treated they can look similar. I could tell if I felt them. My best guess is a treated rhea feather, as they are more spiky looking than most burnt ostrich.
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  6. Vintage Runway

    Vintage Runway Trade Member

    These may be better pics...
    Thank you!

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