American (Boston)
About 1867
Maker Mrs. B. E. Hastings

Object Place: Boston, [New England, Massachusetts], USA


Overall (without ties): 15.2 x 18.4 x 17.8 cm (6 x 7 1/4 x 7 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Straw with silk flowers, silk velvet trim, and silk taffeta ribbon

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



A small bonnet of white straw, designed to be worn on top of head, trimmed with lilac velvet folds and matching small artificial blossoms arranged in three bunches, lilac taffeta broad ribbon ties; lined with china silk and glazed book muslin, on china silk a gold printed label: “Mrs. B. E. Hastings, MODE., 13 Hayward Place”; an inked note found in bottom of box reading April 1867, Mrs. L. S. Dabney’s (?).

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Dows Dunham