Sunday, July 4, 2010

2 Ladies Hats From The Greene Collection

By special reader request, this week's look at the Greene Collection features 2 Ladies Hats. 
1845 Silk Bonnet
The first one is from 1845 and is made of a faded lavender silk satin. It is trimmed with feathers and a matching satin ribbon across head with different flat bows on either side and uses the same ribbons to tie at the neck. 

It has an unstiffened bavolet (ruffle) made of the same material amd a wired brim with a buckram form.

*Buckram is a material used for stiffening fabrics and would be used along with the wired brim to give the bonnet it's shape.

Our second example is a ladies mourning bonnet from 1845-1848.

It is  made of cane ribs and black silk taffeta and has a wired front, curved tunnel form and flared slightly at front. It has the original black taffeta ribbon draped across top with bow and streamers the left and pinned on ties The back half is lined with buckram. This bonnet originates from from Canisteo or someplace nearby.


  1. Thank you for posting these two millinery pieces. Both have nice examples of bows with multiple loops and ribbon positioning. I know I shouldn't have favorites, but after straw bonnets, I do think caned/drawn bonnets are my favorite.

  2. The silk bonnet is beautiful! I would have loved to wear something like that in the 1800s.

  3. We're glad you liked them Anna & Samantha! If you have any other requests to see something let us know! Anna, had I known that straw bonnets were your favorite I would have featured some of those! Look for those in a future post!