Bicorn velour hat, Paris, France, 1850-1910

1850-1910 in Paris

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Black velour bicorn-academician's hat, decorated with cockade and ostrich feathers, owned and worn by Georges Dieulafoy and then inherited by his nephew Bessaiquet(?), accompanied by certificate of authenticity, made by Donny, Paris, French, 1850-1910

Decorated with a cockade and ostrich feathers, this velour hat was worn by Georges Dieulafoy (1839-1911), a famous French surgeon, physician and pathologist. A number of medical conditions are named after him and he also invented a variety of instruments – most notably an aspirator for removing liquid from the pleura which surround the lungs.

Hats like this one were worn by members of academic and scientific societies.


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feathers, ostrich, leather, petersham, ribbon, silk, cloth and velour, cloth
  • furnishing and equipment
  • costume
  • headgear
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment

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