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c.1862 Shirred Silk Spoon Bonnet

This bonnet is extraordinarily light. It's built on a frame of willow, net and wire. Willow was a 2-layer alternative to buckram that could be molded in the hand without a block.

Here you can see the gathered silk tulle that filled the open area between the brim and the top of the head. It is mounted on a folded strip of crinoline. It is a near certainty there were lots of flowers filling the area in front of the tulle. Flowers were often removed from a bonnet no longer being worn and moved to another bonnet.


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