Straw and silk ribbon
Given by N A Bicknell
Museum no. T.59-1936
The printed hat band on this child's straw hat depicts the aeroplane flown by French aviator Louis Bleriot (1872-1936) on the first flight across the English channel, in July 1909. The flight is significant in aviation history because it was the first time a plane was flown across a large body of water.
The hat is of a popular shape for children in this period. The green petersham edging on the brim of the hat is also used at the centre of the crown. This green ribbon motif is decorated with large silk embroidery stitches, a style of embellishment which was frequently used in women's fashionable dress at the end of the first decade of the 20th century.