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Woman's Bonnet, straw

1825-1840
Origin: Italy or England
14" from skirt to top of brim; 12" from back of crown to front of brim.
Possibly Leghorn or Dunstable straw, silk satin ribbon, wire stiffening.
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1971-3525
Woman's bonnet of golden plaited straw fashioned with deep brim framing the face. Crown gradually decreases in size, ending in a concave indention at the back of the head. Separate narrow neck "apron" is fastened to the lower edge. A single brown and blue striped satin ribbon trims the bonnet. Wrapped wire hidden under narrow strips of plaited straw run along the major seams to give the bonnet shape. No lining. Straw is in fragile condition.