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Woman's calash bonnet, brown silk

1785-1800
Origin: England
OH: 19" OW as worn: 15" OW flat: 20 1/2" Selvage width of brown silk about 20"
Silk, baleen
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1947-512
Woman's calash or collapsible bonnet constructed of brown plain-woven silk gathered onto six bowed ribs of baleen. Pleated strip of fabric measuring 4 1/4" wide is pleated and stitched to the neckline as a neck covering. Back of calash is shaped with radiating pleats and trimmed with a centered brown bow. Brown ribbon ties. Lined with lightweight plain-woven pale green silk.
Provenance:Purchased from English dealer and said to be English in origin.