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Woman's calash bonnet, checked silk

1810-1840
Origin: America
H. 14 1/4"; W. 12 1/2"
Silk, cotton, wood
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1952-582
Woman's calash, or collapsible bonnet, constructed of brown, cream, and pink sheer checked silk (now fragile with parts missing). Silk is shirred onto 12 thin wooden hoops and is faced with a gathered and corded ruffle around the face. Neckline is finished with a wider corded self-ruffle serving as a neck cover. Cotton gauze lining. Replaced yellow ribbon ties.