Woman's headdress

French, worn in America
mid-19th century

Place of Manufacture: France; Place of Use: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Overall (framework across top): 38.58 cm (15 3/16 in.) Overall: 31.75 x 24.13 x 5.72 cm (12 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 2 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk net, silk mesh, silk plain weave tape, wire, embroidered artificial pearls

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Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Woman’s headdress with double band of wire wrapped in white silk tape connecting at an angle below the ears and stiffened with white mesh between the wire bands; strand of off-white faux pearls across top at front; long, white net veil embroidered with clusters of four white, small pearls; off-white and white pearl fringe


Inherited by Misses Aimee and Rosamund Lamb; Gift to the MFA, 1951

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Mrs. Horatio Appleton Lamb