Bonnet from the 1890’s

The Costume Museum of Canada has a bonnet dated at 1890 that makes me think of pioneer style bonnets.  To my thinking, that seems like an odd date for this style of bonnet.  If the dating is correct, I can only imagine that it wasn’t intended as a fashionable kind of item but more of a practical thing for gardening or doing heavy, dirty work.  I can also imagine an older woman wearing it because that is what they wore back in her day.

Front: the hand is where the face would be.

Front: the hand is where the face would be.  You can see that the tie is running through a channel at the back, which would help with fit.

 

Left side.

Left side.

This is where you can see the pieces (brim, side, back and neck) and where the cording should be.

Close up of the cording in the brim.

Close up of the cording in the brim.  It looks like it was done by pushing a crochet hook through the fabric. Correct me if I am wrong!

 

The back.

The back.

You can see the gathering and tucking that forms the neck piece and that helps with the fitting.

This is the right side detail showing how the neck piece was added on to the body of the bonnet.

This is the right side detail showing how the neck piece was added on to the body of the bonnet.

If I ever get around to making work style garments, I think this hat would be a nice one to work on while watching TV!

 

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