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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1805 - ca. 1810 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk satin with plaited straw

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs K. Henton

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This light summer bonnet fits easily onto the head and protects the eyes and face from the sun whilst creating a strong but simple silhouette. Women's fashion of the early 1800s drew heavily on themes from the classical world. A surge in interest of antique sculpture, painting and architecture, due in part to excavations of ancient Greek and Roman sites, such as Pompeii, led to a vogue for clean lines, unadorned fabrics, draped shawls and hair worn close to the head.

The simple graphic lines of this close-fitting bonnet are composed from bands of straw plait alternating with sections of cream silk satin. The fabric is gathered at the back of the hat to curve gently around the head.

Physical description

Bonnet of white satin. Shaped in the form of a coal scuttle with both the seams and the brim banded with natural straw plaits. It is half lined in white silk and there is a gathering ribbon of white silk at the back of the crown.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1805 - ca. 1810 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk satin with plaited straw

Object history note

Registered File number 1963/564

Descriptive line

Bonnet of white satin, English, ca. 1805 - ca. 1810

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

no. 223
Cullen, Oriole et al. Hats : An Anthology by Stephen Jones. London : V & A Publishing, 2009


Fashion; Accessories; Hats & headwear; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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