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

Not On View


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