Woman's headdress

French, worn in America
mid-19th century

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


Overall: 17.78 x 30.48 x 7.62 cm (7 x 12 x 3 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Artificial flowers, silk plain weave tape, silk net, paper, metalic threads and coils, wire, glass beads

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Woman’s headdress; wire arch wrapped in black silk tape, narrow (1/8”) metallic-thread ribbon along bottom with long fringe of blue glass beads and gold coils; fringe continues along one edge of white net; a bunch of blue artificial scillia blossoms at opposite end on stems of wire wrapped in gilt paper, gilt paper birch leaves, dark blue leaves of embossed and glazed fabric, scillia blossoms made from cones of fabric painted blue with small gold foil centers


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

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Mrs. Horatio Appleton Lamb