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1940s vintage pale mink beret by Eatons.Please
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Eaton's Department store was founded in 1869 in Toronto, with the revolutionary idea of selling goods at one price (rather than allowing customers to haggle). Its advertisements promised 'Sound goods, good styles and good value' - not exactly snappy by modern standards!
This is a really sweet little pale coloured mink beret from the store and embodying their advertised values. It is made of graduating strips of fur, their thicker ends forming the brim edge and culminating in a very slightly raised centre point.
It's a useful and stylish little winter hat, while the shape makes it equally suitable for spring or autumn. Although it is a luxury item, it has an understated, Audrey Hepburn-type elegance that makes it really easy to wear.
It is made to perch on the back or the head - you may find a hatpin useful, especially if you have really thick hair (though Her Maj seems to be managing okay!)
It is a smallish size, because of the style. Approximate measurements are: maximum height 4 inches (10 cms) (it is slightly higher at the front than the back); circumference 20 inches (51 cms), diameter 9 inches (23 cms).
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