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Object ID # 2014.003.005
Object Name Block, Hat
Title Hat Form
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Date 20th-century
Made Unknown
Place of Origin England, United Kingdom
Description One of a group of six oval, wire mesh hat forms. A thick piece of wire projects beyond the tinware metal rim. It is factory-made. No maker's identification observed.
Provenance Manufacturer unknown, but made in England. Dates to the 20th-century.

Belonged to Edith Annie Brealey (née Clark). She brought it to Canada when she and her husband, Stanley T. Brealey, emigrated from England. They resided at 713, 9th Avenue East, Owen Sound. She died in 1943, and her husband lived alone for many years.

Last owned by Mary Elizabeth Curry (née Webster) of Markdale, Grey County. She was a church friend of Stanley Brealey's, as they both attended the Gospel Hall in Owen Sound. He gave her some of his wife's items before his death in 1981. Mary and Arthur Curry resided in Artemesia Township, along Irish Lake Road for many years.
Collection Household Equipment, 20th-c Collection
Material Metal/Wire/Tin
Dimensions H-7 W-19 D-12.5 cm
Found Artemesia Township (formerly), Municipality of Grey Highlands, Grey County
People Curry, Mary Elizabeth
Subjects Hats
Function 20th-century hats sometimes needed hat blocking forms to keep their shapes when they were not being worn, or after cleaning.