Victorian Hat - 1866-68
Featured is a finely woven black straw circular bonnet without a brim or crown. The ladies hat dates from circa 1866-68. The hat’s outer edge is adorned with ruched 1-1/4 inch wide pink silk ribbon while the slightly curved top is decorated with a large cluster of pink and white flowers and three pink silk bows. The back bow has long ribbon streamers and there are two pink ribbon ties.
|This photo details the pink flowers and leaves that garland the top of the Victorian hat.|
|Above are examples of two similar styles of 1860s bonnets without a structured crown featured in an 1867 issue of Harper's Bazaar, a women's fashion periodical.|
Similar hat can be viewed online at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute:
|This photo illustrates the underside of the hat and the silk ribbon ruching bordering the black straw.|