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Straw Openwork Bonnet

Straw Openwork Bonnet
C.1840-1845. An openwork bonnet made out of straw interwoven with horsehair and straw braid. Similar in style to a coal shuttle bonnet, this one is slightly longer at the sides as a remnant of former poke bonnet styles.
The bonnet originally was lined in fine china silk at the back but this has mostly gone. A modern white buckram lining was added in by a conservator to stabilize the delicate straw work.(Formerly L. Hidic)