SOLD -- 1880s Victorian French Velvet & Lace Ladies Bonnet
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Once popular in the early 19th century, ladies bonnets became vogue again in the 1880s. While the American bonnet was quite simple with a low brim profile, the fashion bonnets of the French were large and frilly and often adorned with lace, silk and feathers.
This feminine chapeau is a wonderful example of the French millinery at its finest. Fashioned in a soft light brown velvet, this sweet bonnet has a ruffled wired brim trimmed with a dainty petite ruffled lace that beautifully frames the face. Because of the wired, this brim can be reshaped into a more traditional round bonnet shape.
The inside of the ruffled brim is stitched in pink thread to match the pink accents on the piece.
The back side of the brim is adorned with two pink silk ribbon bows. The back of the crown is pleated and trimmed is wrapped brown cording. The back of the hat is decorated with a matching brown velvet pleated ruffle.
The hat is lined in ivory silk and has two dusty pink silk ribbon ties in the front.
Size: Up to 23"
The silk ribbon ties in the front have been shortened and have holes and stains. One side where the ribbon was attached to the hat has completely shredded. All of the silk ribbon ends are fraying, which is expected over time. The silk lining is starting to shred in a few spots and is lightly stained at the hairline. There is a small stain on the center back of the hat and a few tiny pin holes in the velvet. It is structurally sound and still very wearable with a little TLC. Priced accordingly.