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.)
Medium or Technique
Straw, velvet ribbon, silk and wire flower trim, and silk lining
Not On View
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.
Gift of Miss Amelia Peabody and Mr. William S. Eaton