Woman's hat

fourth quarter of 19th century

Object Place: France


Overall (without ties): 24.1 x 22.9 x 10.2 cm (9 1/2 x 9 x 4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Straw, velvet ribbon, silk and wire flower trim, and silk lining

Out on Loan

On display at Saint Louis Art Museum, February 12, 2017 – May 14, 2017


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Woman’s hat intended to be worn on back of head. This straw bonnet has silk velvet ribbon trim (silk warp and pile; cotton weft), flowers and “stems” of cotton plain weave, and a silk lining. The construction of the flowers involves paper; a stem of twisted paper attaches to the cotton plain weave petals and this paper stem is wrapped with a brown plain weave cotton fabric cut on the bias so that it curls around the paper stem.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Amelia Peabody and Mr. William S. Eaton