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1840's Drawn "Shaker" Bonnet

The dealer from whom I bought this bonnet described it as a Shaker bonnet. I have no information to corroborate that statement but I pass it on to you without claiming it to be fact. The bonnet is constructed in 3 pieces: tip. crown and brim. The plain covered tip and the drawn section of the crown (from the tip to near mid-section) are mounted on buckram. The silk of the crown is drawn in a single layer over the canes. The brim is formed separately, with the canes sandwiched between 2 layers of silk. Fabric-covered support wires run from the back of the brim section to the front edge. The brim edge is reinforced with a very stury wire that can't be easily bent with the fingers.

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