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the looped headdress

from Germany, the wide-looped headdress, once made from whalebone and still seen in traditional costumes. Ms Kilgour asserts that the loops signify tents and reference the tents set up by Mad King Wenceslas of the 14th century who, it is said, invited the noblemen of his area to give up their land to form a united country. Those at the gathering who agreed were sent to a white tent and served a delicious meal; those who refused were sent to a red tent and beheaded.

 

Thus, having no need of any hat.

 

For your viewing pleasure, a selection of photos from A Pageant of Hats by Ruth Edwards Kilgour, New York:Robert M. McBride Co, 1958

 

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Taken on April 9, 2008