Straw cowboy hat with feathered hat band worn by Arthur Lee

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This straw cowboy hat with a feathered hat band was worn by Arthur Lee. The woven straw is molded in place so that the crown has a triangular indentation, the sides of the brim are turned up, and the back edge of the brim points slightly downward. Reddish brown, black, and cream feathers are attached completely around the hat band, with a circular feather design at the center front of the band. The hat has an interior band made from synthetic black fabric. A black fabric label with gold embroidery is sewn at the center back of the interior band that reads "Hand Made / In The U.S.A. / M / SHADY BRADY". A circular black leather label with pinked edges and a gold embossed logo is attached at the interior center crown. The gold logo depicts a man in a cowboy hat giving a thumbs-up gesture with his left hand above the words "SHADY BRADY".
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Diane Lee in memory of Arthur Taylor Lee
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
ca. 2000
Object number
Designed by
Shady Brady Hat Company, American, founded 1976
Worn by
Arthur Lee, American, 1945 - 2006
African American
Clothing and dress
Instrumentalists (Musicians)
Rock and roll (Music)
Singers (Musicians)
Place made
Ukiah, Mendocino county, California, United States, North and Central America
straw, feathers, and synthetic fiber
H x W x D: 5 × 9 1/2 × 14 in. (12.7 × 24.1 × 35.6 cm)
National Museum of African American History and Culture
cowboy hats