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Miniature Wallpaper Hat
This extraordinary little hat is covered in early hand-stenciled wallpaper. The colors are somewhat faded due to age. But still very vibrant. It was probably given out as a promotional gift when a customer would purchase a hat or hatbox. It could also have been a salesman's sample. It has some wear. But overall it is in very fine condition with only minimal abrasions to the wallpaper. The interior is lined with early newsprint and ads. I could not find any dates. However, one of the ads on the interior is for the "Best & Co Liliputian Bazaar". The posh Liliputian Bazaar was located in Greenwich, Connecticut in 1879. The little hat measures just 5 3/4" by 4 3/4" at the brim; 4 1/2" by 3 1/8" in the center; and just 2 1/2" tall.
A wonderful and rare little piece of Folk Art!