Vintage hat question. Because I don't know about hats, let alone vintage hats.
Last year, my husband got me a pretty vintage hat from one of The Shops at Daniel Boone in Hillsborough, NC
. I've never worn it besides trying it on once or twice. It's just been sitting on a shelf for most of that time.
The hat itself is light blue, and appears to be made of felt, lined with a satiny material. The label says "Genuine Velour". I've had a hard time locating similar hats, but this one covers about the same amount of head
, minus the veil. I'd post a picture, but I don't have the ability to take a picture right now.
Here are my questions:
1) How can I figure out when this hat was made? Or any other information about it? "Genuine Velour" is a vagueish search term.
2) How can we know if this hat is safe to wear? I've handled it many times before and nothing (that I am aware of) has happened.
3) Ought I to get it cleaned at a dry cleaner or something?
Thanks thanks and more thanks!