These top quality large ostrich plumes show the natural markings on the feathers. They are excellent for making feather fans or adding panache to your headwear.
Much larger than most ostrich feathers found in craft stores, these measure 18-24" long.
These peacock tail feathers show the peacock "eye" in its natural colors. Excellent for making fans or use one or more tucked in the brim of your headwear. They are the larger ones and measure between 24 - 36" in length.
Natural tail feathers from the ring-tailed or golden pheasant add a nice variety to the other feathers in your hat.
This style of hat was worn at least 3 centuries without changing a great deal because it was a functional cap worn by hunters and travelers. In period it was called a "bycocket" from the French words bec cocquet meaning "bird's beak or cock's beak". We call it the period baseball cap because it can be worn with the bill towards the front or facing behind. There are many paintings with the brim turned one way or another. The brim shaded the eyes on a sunny day and when worn backwards on a rainy day, it kept the rain off the neck. A very practical design!
Many small felt hats with various styles of slashed brims and ties were worn in England, Flanders, Spain, France and Italy as early as the 14th century and grew to popularity during the Renaissance. This small felt hat appears 4-sided because of the 4 slashes. Can be laced to the outside and aglets (metal tips) added to the laces for another stylish look worn among the nobility.
Another style of the slashed and tied hat popular during the Renaissance. This one has multiple slashes laced together and tied with a bow. Paintings show the bow can be worn in the front or in the back. The side "tabs" can be rolled under for a different look.
Often it was worn alone, but there are paintings showing it being worn over a coif, caule or crispinette.
If you still aren't sure which size you need, please send us your measurements and we will help you decide.