Silk bonnet with quilted brim, 1870s
With its strong architectural presence, this charming bonnet makes a fabulous display.
Made from deep brown silk, the bonnet features a quilted, buckram stiffened brim and a long skirt to shield the wearer's neck and shoulders from the sun. Pleated ruffles frame the edges of the brim. The crown is lined with black cotton. The bonnet ties under the chin with black taffeta ribbons.
The condition is very good and all original. It is getting harder to find early bonnets without alteration or embellishment. This historically accurate artifact is also an excellent study piece. The minor flaws are a few pin-prick size holes on the crown and some discoloration, mainly on the inside of the brim.
It measures 15" from front to back. The skirt is 9" long.