This picture hat is made of straw and has a red net overlay. There is no top to the crown and there is a red silk ribbon around the base of the crown. The ribbon forms a bow in the back. The front of the hat is decorated with artificial fruit. The underside of the hat has a red silk lining that is falling apart and there is a label that reads "Herpolsheimer Co., Grand Rapids, Mich.".
Straw, Net, Artificial Fruit, Silk
3"" h 17"" w 16"" d
Current Location Status:
Gift Of Estate Of Leonard Herrick
Estate of Leonard HerrickHerpolsheimer'sIn 1865, William G. Herpolsheimer and Charles G. A. Voigt, two young businessmen, established the Voigt, Herpolsheimer & Company, a dry goods and carpet store in Michigan City, Indiana before relocating to Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1870. The partnership between Voigt and Herpolsheimer ended in 1902 with Voigt taking over the flour mills and Herpolsheimer the store. Herpolsheimer's Firm continued to operate department stores until it was sold in 1987 making it one of the longest-running retail establishments in West Michigan.