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18th Century Calash Bonnet

18th Century Calash Bonnet
C.1770-1780. A very tall oval shaped calash bonnet made out of finely made black taffeta and lined in light pink china silk.
The calash bonnet became popular during the 1760's and was worn to protect the towered powdered hairstyles fashionable during the 18th century. They were named "calash" bonnets after the french word "caleche" (carriage) as they resembled the fold down tops of fine carriages. This one is boned with 5 flexible whalebones ,and is entirely handsewn. The back.(Formerly L. Hidic)