Velvet and pearl headdress, c.1850
Headdresses of ribbons, flowers, or lace were worn from the 1840s-1860s as indoor and/or evening ornaments. They enhanced the romantic appeal of the early Victorian hairstyle—a center part encircled by cascading ringlets.
This one is fashioned from two black velvet bands embellished with faux pearls. Cascading drops of pearls hang from each side.
The condition is very good. The lace around the neckline has splits. It could easily be backed for support.
The headdress is 17 1/2" long, excluding the pearl drops. It is 2 1/2" wide at the top-center.