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ca. 1840 (made)
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Black silk covered coal-scuttle bonnet with silk ribbons, untrimmed

Object details
Object type
Materials and techniques
black silk lined in cream silk over card? base
Brief description
Quaker woman's bonnet, early-mid 1800s, black silk
Physical description
Black silk covered coal-scuttle bonnet with silk ribbons, untrimmed
  • Circumference: 550mm (Note: head)
  • Height: 255mm
  • Width: 205mm
  • Depth: 215mm
Object history
Quaker clothing, while of good quality and using quality fabrics, was frequently modest and understated, without trimming or ornamentation. Colours were subtle, in shades of brown, deep red, olive, grey and other non-bright hues, as well as black. The Quaker bonnet, with its coal-scuttle shape, is particularly evocative of early-mid 19th century Quaker female style.

The donor of the bonnet, a Miss Clarkson, stated that ‘the Quaker bonnet was the property of Anna Watson of Kilconner House, County Carlow, Ireland, who was married by declaration in meeting on the ninth day of the tenth month 1834 to Samuel Grubb (?) of Coolville near Clogheen in the county of Tipperary, Ireland’. (Registered file 1933/1436)
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Record createdAugust 15, 2008
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