#665 Big Nosed Green Silk Tiger Hat. Wonderful character with great facial features; body decorated with silk embroidery, couched silver threads, and green silk fringe; fine black silk back flap with embroidered peonies and butterflies; trimmed with silk ribbons; lined with polished blue cotton; excellent condition; probably from Shanxi Province; c 1900 ; 20” circumference
#666 Pristine Classic Orange Silk Tiger Hat. Very fine example with the orange tiger in perfect condition complete with black chain-stitched stripes and a stuffed perky tail. Black silk base has well-executed embroidered butterflies (happiness), birds and peonies (representing wealth) on gold foil. Separate black silk back flap has fine metallic wrapped threads creating designs of flowers and fruit in vases with a white silk center of a deer (wealth & achievement); c 1900-1920; Han Chinese from northern China; 19.5” circumference
#668 Majestic Black Silk Tiger Hat with luscious silk embroidery on gold foil paper; “Wang” character on forehead means “king” as in king of the animals; Tiger frightens evil spirits and represent protection for the young boys; Good facial features. Purple silk back flap has a bat for happiness created from couched silk braids and metal threads; gold silk top knot; light blue silk lining; excellent condition; c 1900- 1910; Han Chinese from northern China.
#675 Large Qing Dynasty Pavilion Scholars Hat with fine Silk Embroidery; Hat given to young boys with the hopes of having academic success and an illustrative career; Sally Yu Leung in Hidden Meanings in Chinese Children’s Clothing and Accessories describes the 4- corned pavilion shaped top as referring to the four cardinal directions and peace and stability in this universe (steadfast). The black silk crown has very fine silk embroidered composite flowers, pomegranates, and butterflies outlined with fine gimped silk; back wind flap has unusual embroidered borders with more silk embroidered butterflies and flowers on gold foil; silk lining; excellent condition; late 19th c to early 20th century; likely Shanxi Province; 23” circumference