Stick a feather …

These tall pheasant feathers adorn my brown tricorner hat, anchored in a black cockade. A feather can do wonders for the look of a plain hat, be it wool or leather. It was true in 18th-century England, when Yankee Doodle stuck a feather in his hat and thought he bore a striking resemblance to a member of the Macaroni Club, a group of young, dashing, fashionable London dandies. It was true in 19th-century America when Indians who adopted white men’s wear added feathers to retain a touch of their native style. And Scottish Highlanders added feathers to their wool bonnets in the 1700s and during the Highland revival of the 1800s.
My black Amish slouch hat, shown in another post, is ornamented with domestic turkey feathers. The last two photos show my batch of domestic turkey feathers and the feathers from the tail of a wild turkey.

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