Antique & Vintage Dress Gallery





#6757- c. 1830's Drawn Bonnet of Chocolate Brown Silk!  As you can see from the photos, this is a large hat... as is written by the Vintage Fashion Guild, "By 1830 bonnets grew to huge proportions. The 'bavolette' was a ribbon frill at the back of the bonnet.  Its purpose was covering the neck, which was considered an erogenous zone in the mid 19th C. Necks were only on view with evening dress!"   My how things have changed!! The size of this bonnet makes it RARE to find in near mint condition, without crushing or misshaping as they were hard to store properly for nearly 180 years!!!  The only issues with this bonnet are that the front ribbons have some discoloration and there is one tiny hole and one pinhole in the back curtain (bavolette).  This is definitely a hat you need for your collection!  This came from a MUSEUM - and it still has the museum numbered tag inside.   So, if you want museum quality..... buy previously owned by museum items! 

SOLD - but on display in Museum Category for Research/Display