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Bonnet, 1825 US (probably), the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Dark green silk lined with white silk. Wooden sticks shape brim forward beyond face. Padded with cotton. Long brown and white silk ribbon ties. Slits in lining, brown stains on ties, but green silk in generally good condition.

Bonnet, 1825 US (probably), the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Dark green silk lined with white silk. Wooden sticks shape brim forward beyond face. Padded with cotton. Long brown and white silk ribbon ties. Slits in lining, brown stains on ties, but green silk in generally good condition.

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

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

Bonnet, ca 1880 New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Purple velvet bonnet trimmed with purple and light lavender ostrich feathers.

Bonnet, ca 1880 New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Purple velvet bonnet trimmed with purple and light lavender ostrich feathers.

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.

Bonnet, 1835, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Black and yellow herringbone straw bonnet, plaid taffeta ribbons.

Bonnet, 1835, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Black and yellow herringbone straw bonnet, plaid taffeta ribbons.

Straw bonnet, 1810-15 US, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Long, tubular straw bonnet with green silk ribbon.

Straw bonnet, 1810-15 US, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Long, tubular straw bonnet with green silk ribbon.

Bonnet, 1817, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Bonnet, 1817, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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.

Bonnet, ca 1800’s, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Woman’s bonnet, corded green silk.

Bonnet, ca 1800’s, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Woman’s bonnet, corded green silk.

Bergère, 19th century US (probably ca 1871-72 if it’s really 19th century), the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Woman’s “Bergere” hat(a), shoulder cape(b), and cap(c). Each of white satin-weave silk with a simple curved leafy spring repeating in close over-turned staggered rows. B and C with affixed paper tags having the name “Mrs. S.J. Rae or (Ral). A: stained, some missing fabric repaired or leaving cardboard underform visible. B: slightly stained. C: good condition.

Shown here with a matching shoulder cape and cap:

Bergère, 19th century US (probably ca 1871-72 if it’s really 19th century), the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Woman’s “Bergere” hat(a), shoulder cape(b), and cap(c). Each of white satin-weave silk with a simple curved leafy spring repeating in close over-turned staggered rows. B and C with affixed paper tags having the name “Mrs. S.J. Rae or (Ral). A: stained, some missing fabric repaired or leaving cardboard underform visible. B: slightly stained. C: good condition.

Shown here with a matching shoulder cape and cap:

Dress and matching cape, ca 1850 US, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

A dress and matching cape of white muslin with white brocaded cotton with all-over design of serpentine stems bearing leaves and five petalled blossoms, printed over with a design of small brown dots and short stemmed rose buds in red and green; (a) bodice fitted and boned, hooked down center back, coming to point in center front, wide flaring neckline, three quarter length bell shaped sleeves edged with two gathered ruffles, skirt very full with fullness gathered all around, four self gathered flounces widening from top to bottom; cape (b) short, high round neck hooked down center front, edged with short gathered ruffle; all ruffles finished with green embroidered scallops; several brown stains.

Dress and matching cape, ca 1850 US, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

A dress and matching cape of white muslin with white brocaded cotton with all-over design of serpentine stems bearing leaves and five petalled blossoms, printed over with a design of small brown dots and short stemmed rose buds in red and green; (a) bodice fitted and boned, hooked down center back, coming to point in center front, wide flaring neckline, three quarter length bell shaped sleeves edged with two gathered ruffles, skirt very full with fullness gathered all around, four self gathered flounces widening from top to bottom; cape (b) short, high round neck hooked down center front, edged with short gathered ruffle; all ruffles finished with green embroidered scallops; several brown stains.

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