This late millinery creation showcases an entire white bird mounted on wires and placed ceremoniously atop a straw Victorian hat. Deep red ribbon is arranged in a large bow on top of the crown with the bird perched in the center.
In 1886, an ornithologist from the American Museum of Natural History, Frank Chapman, wrote a letter to the editors of Forest and Stream: A Journal of Outdoor Life, Travel, Nature Study, Shooting. Chapman brought to their attention a list of native birds seen on hats worn by ladies in the streets of New York. (see link for list of birds) victoriana.org