Mourning Hat, Bruat, Inc.: ca. 1915, American, silk. "Black hats were popular for general wear in the 1910, particularly during the years of World War I, when sobriety and utility were the order of the day. Some hats, however, stand out specifically as mourning wear...despite how chic the design might be...the unrelieved black clearly identifies its function. The choice of grape clusters...produces an incongruous shock, thereby serving to strengthen the statement of mourning."