ca. 1770–1800 A green silk calash drawn bonnet originally invented to be worn over the high hairstyles of the 1770’s.
A long lasting design, it continued to be worn by women until at least the 1830’s! Because of some design changes, the later bonnets did not collapse as did the earlier ones.ca. 1800–1820 A silk Quaker bonnet in the prevalent form of the period.
The difference is in “the choice of color, materials, and decidedly plain aspect. The flat pleating of the crown is very typical Quaker design. A shawl and two caps accompanied the bonnet in its original box.
Ladies of this period, while wearing these hats, had no peripheral vision. It would have been like wearing horse blinders.
This display head and the one next to it are reproductions of papier-mâché display heads from the 1840’s and 1850’s.
ca. 1820–1840 Fancy woven straw bonnet with original blue gauze ribbon trim and pale pink silk lining.
The evidence of a “curtain”, that hung over the neck and used to be attached at the bonnet’s crown, indicates an earlier date of possibly the 1820’s. I have been conservative in placing the date.
Bowing (cleaning and fluffing) B. Matting (various layers of the fiber into felt) C. Basoning (manipulated the batt of felt into a triangular shape called a capade or gore that will become the crown of the Hat) D. Flanging (attaching the brim) E. Blocking (forcing the hat body onto a wood form and stamping the moisture from it)