A Fancy French Made ? Tri-Corn Hat
An Antique Fancy French Made ? Tri-Corn Hat made in the 18th century style, circa. early-mid 19th century ? The hat is made of Beaver pelt with braided gilt thread brim boarder with applied decorative braided gilt metal thread depicting scrolling patterns. The inside of the hat has a white silk lining with unidentified makers mark (should be researched to pin point a date of manufacture). The original leather sweat band and a large feather died red is intact. A very interesting and well made tri-corn hat !
NOTE - This hat may have been made for the high society gatherings, parties, theater presentations, government functions, and celebrations such as "Carnival" in Venice, Italy.
There are a few opinions that the hat is much higher quality than those made for theatre production and was made in the 18th century and later restored in the 19th century.
Some History about "CARNIVAL" in Venice, Italy.
ACCORDING TO WIKIPEDIA -
The Carnival of Venice (Italian: Carnevale di Venezia) is an annual festival held in Venice, Italy. The carnival ends on Shrove Tuesday (Martedì Grasso or Mardi Gras), which is the day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. The festival is world-famous for its elaborate costumes and masks.
The carnival traces its origins to the Middle Ages, existing for several centuries until it was abolished in 1797. The tradition was revived in 1979, and the modern event now attracts approximately 3 million visitors annually.
According to legend, the Carnival of Venice began after the military victory of the Venetian Republic over the Patriarch of Aquileia, Ulrico di Treven in the year 1162. In honor of this victory, the people started to dance and gather in St Mark's Square. Apparently, this festival started in that period and became official during the Renaissance. In the 17th century, the Baroque carnival preserved the prestigious image of Venice in the world. It was very famous during the 18th century. It encouraged licence and pleasure, but it was also used to protect Venetians from present and future anguish. However, under the rule of the Holy Roman Emperor and later Emperor of Austria, Francis II, the festival was outlawed entirely in 1797 and the use of masks became strictly forbidden. It reappeared gradually in the 19th century, but only for short periods and above all for private feasts, where it became an occasion for artistic creations.
After a long absence, the Carnival returned in 1979. The Italian government decided to bring back the history and culture of Venice and sought to use the traditional Carnival as the centerpiece of its efforts. The redevelopment of the masks began as the pursuit of some Venetian college students for the tourist trade. Since then, approximately 3 million visitors have been coming to Venice every year for the Carnival. One of the most important events is the contest for la maschera più bella ("the most beautiful mask"), which is judged by a panel of international costume and fashion designers.