This has to be one of the most beautiful bonnets I have ever come across.
c.1865 - 1870
Hat - Made from straw plait 0.5cm wide and handstitched through overlapped plait in a spiral from the crown centre and painted white outer stitching. The head and the side are lined with cream silk and the brim is faced with Venetian pink grosgrain. The brim edge is wired. The hat is trimmed with a band of twisted strip of pink grosgrain with a frill above and below of Honiton lace (two pieces of different quality). There is a cream ostrich feather over the crown. There was originally a black elastic fastening which has been replaced with black velvet ribbon pinned in place. (female)
Charles Paget Wade Collection, Snowshill manor