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Bonnet, ca 1830 US, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Woman’s green silk hat with wide poke bonnet brim and high crown.

Bonnet, ca 1830 US, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Woman’s green silk hat with wide poke bonnet brim and high crown.

Bonnet, ca 1867 Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

A small bonnet of white straw, designed to be worn on top of head, trimmed with lilac velvet folds and matching small artificial blossoms arranged in three bunches, lilac taffeta broad ribbon ties; lined with china silk and glazed book muslin, on china silk a gold printed label: “Mrs. B. E. Hastings, MODE., 13 Hayward Place”; an inked note found in bottom of box reading April 1867, Mrs. L. S. Dabney’s (?).

Bonnet, ca 1867 Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

A small bonnet of white straw, designed to be worn on top of head, trimmed with lilac velvet folds and matching small artificial blossoms arranged in three bunches, lilac taffeta broad ribbon ties; lined with china silk and glazed book muslin, on china silk a gold printed label: “Mrs. B. E. Hastings, MODE., 13 Hayward Place”; an inked note found in bottom of box reading April 1867, Mrs. L. S. Dabney’s (?).

Half bonnet of green velvet, ca 1870 US, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

A half bonnet of green velvet, front edge with point in center, covered with gathered matching velvet, rosette bow of green satin ribbon on top, two sets of ties, one green satin, one green velvet.

Half bonnet of green velvet, ca 1870 US, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

A half bonnet of green velvet, front edge with point in center, covered with gathered matching velvet, rosette bow of green satin ribbon on top, two sets of ties, one green satin, one green velvet.

Calash or hood, mid-19th century France (worn in Boston), the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Woman’s brown padded calash with light blue lining; brown double ruffle around face; light blue taffeta ties; padded curtain at back; ribs possibly made from wood

Calash or hood, mid-19th century France (worn in Boston), the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Woman’s brown padded calash with light blue lining; brown double ruffle around face; light blue taffeta ties; padded curtain at back; ribs possibly made from wood

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hood, 18th century US (New England), the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Hood with short cape attached. Cream-colored figured silk. Lined with cream-colored silk. Trimmed with bobbin lace. Some holes, stained and spotted.

Hood, 18th century US (New England), the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Hood with short cape attached. Cream-colored figured silk. Lined with cream-colored silk. Trimmed with bobbin lace. Some holes, stained and spotted.

Cape by B Altman & Co, 1900 New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Woman’s short cape made of black silk gimp and ribbon stitched into abstract, swirling pattern over a lining of black silk taffeta, finished at the bottom with fringe of ruched silk chiffon, wide black grosgrain ribbon bow and tie at the center front neckline, small band of white net at the collar. Labeled: “B. Altman and Co./ Paris/New York”

Cape by B Altman & Co, 1900 New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Woman’s short cape made of black silk gimp and ribbon stitched into abstract, swirling pattern over a lining of black silk taffeta, finished at the bottom with fringe of ruched silk chiffon, wide black grosgrain ribbon bow and tie at the center front neckline, small band of white net at the collar. Labeled: “B. Altman and Co./ Paris/New York”

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