Gold and black fascinator with pin from Mae's Millinery Shop

Designed by
Reeves, Mae, American, 1912 - 2016
Subject of
Mae's Millinery Shop, American, 1941 - 1994
synthetic fiber, net, plastic, rhinestones, feathers, and beads
H x W x D (ab): 5 3/4 × 9 3/4 × 9 in. (14.6 × 24.8 × 22.9 cm)
pins (jewelry)
Place collected
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Black and gold fascinator (a) with veil, feathers, and pin (b) designed by Mae Reeves. The body of the fascinator is a formed from black plastic net into a circular cap with a flat top faced in a black and metallic gold floral brocade and decorated with yellow rhinestones and black beads. A large cluster of black feathers is attached at the center front with a large metal pin (b) in a design of leaves interlocked in a circle pinned in front of the feathers. Black net veil is sewn in the interior covering the black plastic hat form, with veiling extending beyond the cap edges all around, including a longer section at the front. Loops of elastic thread are sewn at each interior side with a brown plastic comb attached to each loop for securing the fascinator to the wearer's head. A white fabric label with black printed text is adhered to the interior center back that reads "Mae Reeves / OF / PHILADELPHIA".
African American
Clothing and dress
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Donna Limerick
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No known copyright restrictions
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Collection title
Mae's Millinery Shop Collection
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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