Saturday, July 27, 2013

Regency Era Calash Bonnet

From the seller:

Offered for your consideration is an Rare Find.... An Antique Bashful Bonnet also know as Calash Bonnet. This was extremely popular for promenading or traveling. Green silk was the most popular fabric. The color has faded over the last 200 or so years which is to be expected. It measures 14" x 13" and is lined with silk to the 4th rib then stiffened gauze. The fashionable Calash Bonnet is said to have been designed by the Duchess of Devonshire in 1765 to protect the towering hairdos. It was collapisble and was usually made of silk or lined shirred over cane or whalebone supports. This bonnet is over cane. As shown, some of the cane supports are broken on the top of the bonnet. These bonnets were worn from about mid 1700's to early 1800's. Calashes are one of the only 18th century hats surviving today perhaps because they could be folded for storage. Price range IF YOU ARE ABLE TO FIND ONE OF THESE BONNETS are from $400 to $1,000 depending on condition. As shown in my pictures below, the condition is good considering the age. The top of the bonnet has tears in the silk. The Provenance is typed on one side and hand written on the other side dating back about 50 +years. It tells the story of the bonnet belonging to their Great Great Great Grandmother, Betsy Lappin who was born in 1778 and died in 1874 living until the age of 96. She and her husband came West to Ohio from Virginia in about 1800. It is so exciting to find a women's clothing article this old! Feel free to ask questions . There are no odors.

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