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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1940s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Somerset, Marjorie (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Net, silk, straw, wired frame, ostrich feathers, lined with satin, velvet

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Earl of Harewood

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Toque with swathes of cream net arranged in turban-style over cream silk, on a straw base with wired frame. It is trimmed at the back with a mount of clipped white ostrich feathers.

It is lined with cream satin and at the back is a strip of cream velvet through which a thin ribbon is passed to gather in the circumference of the hat.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1940s (made)


Somerset, Marjorie (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Net, silk, straw, wired frame, ostrich feathers, lined with satin, velvet


Diameter: 8 in, Height: 4 in

Object history note

Worn by HM Queen Mary and given by the Earl of Harewood

Descriptive line

Hat of net and feathers, designed by Marjorie Somerset, England, 1940s.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Fashion : An Anthology by Cecil Beaton. London : H.M.S.O., 1971

Production Note

Worn by Queen Mary


Net; Ostrich feathers


Royalty; Clothing; Accessories; Hats & headwear

Production Type

Haute couture


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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