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Woman's Calash Bonnet, Green and Rose Silk

1775-1785
Origin: Great Britain, England
Overall height including ruffle: 15 1/2" Depth, as worn: about 8" Face opening width when tied closed: about 8"
Silk, reed or cane
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1960-723
Woman's calash or collapsible bonnet fashioned of dark green silk taffeta with rose silk lining. The bonnet has five reed or cane ribs in the crown and one inserted horizontally around the neck above the neck ruffle. Green silk ribbons tie at neck.
Label:Calashes had a series of reeds or other flexible materials inserted between channels in the silk to hold the bonnet away from the head and thus preserve elaborate hair styles from being crushed. The name of the calash came from a type of carriage with a folding hood, not unlike the cloth convertible top on a modern automobile.
Provenance:Ex Coll: Doris Langley Moore.