1890s Victorian Black Straw Bonnet with Rose & Feather Accents
A must-have for the Victorian lady on the go! This beautiful summer day hat pairs wonderfully with a walking habit.
Fashioned in a sturdy, finely woven braided straw, this hat has a traditional bonnet shape, which was popular in the latter portion of the 1800s. It is lined in silk with a hardened paper liner on the inside crown to give the hat strength and to help keep its shape.
The front of the brim is decorated with a small bouquet of ivory cotton spray roses. The back side of the upturned brim is accented with a band of black feathers.
A black silk bow adorns the back of the chapeau. The ends of the bow are left intentionally long so the wearer can tie the ends under her chin.
Condition: Very Good
Given the nature of Victorian-era black dye, the color has faded a little giving it a slight brindle appearance. Since the fade is all over, it almost looks like it was originally designed that way, which it very well could have been. The flowers in the front show their age, but still look lovely. The silk ties have begun to shred and one has a pretty sizable hole. They are still useable as is or could easily be replaced. None of these flaws detract from the beauty of this piece. Priced accordingly.