Woman's headdress

French, worn in America
mid 19th century

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


Overall (across top): 21.43 cm (8 7/16 in.) Overall: 33.02 x 17.78 x 1.27 cm (13 x 7 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk velvet ribbon, silk net, wire wrapped in silk thread, steel pin

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Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Woman’s headdress; black wire across top with short loops of black velvet ribbon in front of a roll of ribbon with long velvet streamers at back; small piece of black net sewn beneath wire; black threads at top, middle, and bottom of streamers (perhaps originally had some type of ornaments sewn to streamers)


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

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Mrs. Horatio Appleton Lamb