Here is one of Florence’s hats, the only female resident at Mr Straw’s House, throughout her life Florence kept up with the fashions of the time. Ladies' hats have moved in and out of fashion throughout history, except among the wealthiest women. There was a time when ladies of all ages wore caps in public and at home. In Edwardian times, the wide brimmed hats of the ‘Merry Widow’ look worked with the pompadour hairstyles and balanced the fuller skirts. The lighter colour linen hats of summer were indicative of upper-class society. Turbans, toques, and cloches were better suited for shorter hair, slim lines, and the high collars and wraps of the 1920s. Where hats of the '40s and '50s were inspired by military designs and are often veiled. On 1 September 1939 war was once again declared throughout Europe, and just two months after the announcement Florence passed away, on 8 November aged 75. She is buried with her husband, William Straw, at Worksop old cemetery to the rear of the Priory Church where they had married.
Lady's pink 1920's raffia hat green velvet flower decorative motif, green trim around bottom and edge of brim, lined with pink silk, label inside 'BERLOTTE-REGD'.
Marks and inscriptions
BERLOTTE-REGD (label inside)
Makers and roles
Berlotte , manufacturer