ostrich feathers

Polychromed Plumes

During the last quarter of the 19th century, feather decoration for hats, fans, and boas was at its peak; in 1886, 77% of women’s hats were decorated with feathers and a milliner’s window had a display of colorful ostrich tips and plumes. They were used not only on hats, but were also used in trimming dresses, wraps, and to a large extent used in making exotic fans.
Smithsonian Libraries, ostrich feathers, Alexander Paul, millinery, Victorian fashion, Godey's Lady's book, Peterson's Magazine