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Woman's Calash bonnet

Origin: America or England
Back frame: 10 1/4" H; At widest point: 8 3/4"
Greenish-gold silk, cane, silk floss and ribbon flowers, cotton lining.
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1952-20
Woman's collapsible bonnet of greenish-gold silk on 15-reed frame. Ruffle facing, neck shield, and tie-strings of the same material. Fragment of ribbon trimming on front.
Label:Calash Bonnet
America or England, 1820-1835
Silk, reeds, silk flowers, cotton interlining

Calash bonnets, named after a carriage with collapsible hood, were in fashion in the eighteenth century, especially during the 1770s and 1780s; the distinctive bonnets returned to fashion in the 1820s and 1830s.
Provenance:From the Collection of Mrs. DeWitt Clinton Cohen.