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Mourning poke bonnet, ca 1840 US, the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The style of the poke bonnet manifests the demure and modest style that followed the young Queen Victoria’s accession to the throne in 1838. This severe all-black example was probably worn for mourning, a long-standing custom that the Queen elevated to a social institution, especially after the death of her beloved husband, Prince Albert.

Mourning poke bonnet, ca 1840 US, the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The style of the poke bonnet manifests the demure and modest style that followed the young Queen Victoria’s accession to the throne in 1838. This severe all-black example was probably worn for mourning, a long-standing custom that the Queen elevated to a social institution, especially after the death of her beloved husband, Prince Albert.

(Source: metmuseum.org)

Doll’s bonnet, ca 1840 France, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Doll’s bonnet of dark blue satin faced with yellow taffeta with light blue ribbon ties, trimmed on top with wreath of artificial flowers, dark blue velvet ribbon, and blonde lace.

Doll’s bonnet, ca 1840 France, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Doll’s bonnet of dark blue satin faced with yellow taffeta with light blue ribbon ties, trimmed on top with wreath of artificial flowers, dark blue velvet ribbon, and blonde lace.

Bonnet by A Partridge & Co, ca 1840 Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

White silk bonnet, trimmed with net and lace in zig-zag pattern around edges, with pink silk ribbon arranged inside and forming ties. Label: “A Partridge and Co./Mode de Paris, 201 Washington St., Boston.”

Bonnet by A Partridge & Co, ca 1840 Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

White silk bonnet, trimmed with net and lace in zig-zag pattern around edges, with pink silk ribbon arranged inside and forming ties. Label: “A Partridge and Co./Mode de Paris, 201 Washington St., Boston.”

Poke bonnet, ca 1840 France, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Poke bonnet, ca 1840 France, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Leghorn bonnet, 1835-40 US, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

A black leghorn bonnet, with wide poke brim, black taffeta bonnet skirt at back, brim lined with black crêpe.

Leghorn bonnet, 1835-40 US, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

A black leghorn bonnet, with wide poke brim, black taffeta bonnet skirt at back, brim lined with black crêpe.

Leghorn bonnet, ca 1840 US, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Yellow leghorn; brim and crown in one piece; designed so that brim frames face closely; short cape of leghorn, trimmed with green ribbon divided down back so that one half is ribbed and the other half ombré; brim lined with cream colored georgette crepe; cluster of artificial flowers including white violets, on each side of brim facing.

Leghorn bonnet, ca 1840 US, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Yellow leghorn; brim and crown in one piece; designed so that brim frames face closely; short cape of leghorn, trimmed with green ribbon divided down back so that one half is ribbed and the other half ombré; brim lined with cream colored georgette crepe; cluster of artificial flowers including white violets, on each side of brim facing.

Dress, 1835-40 US, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Woman’s dress (a), alternate bodice (b), shoulder cape (c), and bow (d). Brown satin trimmed with piping, bands, bows, and pleating of same brown satin. Attached bodice trimmed with soutache braid of same color. Cape trimmed with long brown fringe. Both bodices have long sleeves. Very good condition.

Dress, 1835-40 US, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Woman’s dress (a), alternate bodice (b), shoulder cape (c), and bow (d). Brown satin trimmed with piping, bands, bows, and pleating of same brown satin. Attached bodice trimmed with soutache braid of same color. Cape trimmed with long brown fringe. Both bodices have long sleeves. Very good condition.

Junge Dame bei der Toilette by Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, 1840, Wienmuseum

Junge Dame bei der Toilette by Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, 1840, Wienmuseum

Summer dress, ca 1840 France, Les Arts Décoratifs

Summer dress, ca 1840 France, Les Arts Décoratifs

Day dress, 1837-40 UK, the V&A Museum
Day dress, 1836-40 UK, the V&A Museum

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