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Poke bonnet

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1816 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    silk satin, beaver plush, velvet ribbon, ostrich feathers

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Woman's poke bonnet with high cylindrical poke and wide brim, cream beaver plush trimmed with brown velvet ribbons and cream ostrich feathers. The brim faced with cream silk satin which has oxidised to a soft brownish colour

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1816 (made)



Materials and Techniques

silk satin, beaver plush, velvet ribbon, ostrich feathers


Height: 160 mm, Width: 285 mm front to back at brim

Object history note

The poke of the bonnet is very like the crown of a contemporary man's top hat. We also have a man's cream plush top hat from the same period which has oxidised to almost exactly the same colour as this bonnet, and is in a very similar fabric, but made in slightly larger dimensions. The main structural difference between the two hats is in the shape of their brims. See T.765B-1913

Descriptive line

F, beaver, 1816c, English; Christy's? ostrich feather velvet ribbon trim

Production Note

Attributed at time of acquisition to Christy's who made silk and plush hats, but there is no maker's label.


Silk satin; Beaver; Velvet; Ostrich feathers




Hats & headwear; Fashion; Accessories; Day wear; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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