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Bonnet

1892-1893 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Bonnet made using Persian (Iranian) fabric and sludge-green satin. Small size with a flared brim. Cord trimming to the edges, and satin is used for the facings, ties and lining, over a ready-made buckram shape.



object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Buckram covered with cloth, and satin
Brief Description
Bonnet made using Iranian fabric and satin, designed and made by Edith Brearey Dawson, England, 1892-1893.
Physical Description
Bonnet made using Persian (Iranian) fabric and sludge-green satin. Small size with a flared brim. Cord trimming to the edges, and satin is used for the facings, ties and lining, over a ready-made buckram shape.



Production typeUnique
Credit line
Given by Mrs Rhoda Bickerdike
Object history
Made by and worn by Edith Robinson, who became Edith Brearey Dawson, an enamel artist in collaboration with her husband Nelson Dawson, the metalworker (married in 1893). Bonnet donated by Mrs. Rhoda Bickerdike, their daughter. At the time, reference was made to a family album containing an image of Edith wearing this bonnet, probably taken around 1892, when Edith visited her husband-to-be in London. Edith came from a Quaker family and was "never fashionable" (although she did later wear 'artistic' dresses by Mme Forma). Despite their Quaker background, Edith and her sister were described as "lively enough", using real flowers to trim the hats they made themselves.



There is a similar style bonnet in a Liberty millinery catalogue dated 1894 (p.23) in Liberty cashmere with velveteen trimming
Production
Attribution note: Handmade
Collection
Accession Number
T.272-1982

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record createdSeptember 1, 2008
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