Saturday, October 19, 2013

Lovely light brown Calash

From the seller:


Excellent example of this odd and rare form of ladies bonnet popular from the late 18thc to early 19thc. Fashion of fine light brown silk stretched and hand stitched over canes to form a cavernous interior to keep the hair style in place and not crushed as you raced along the country roads in the bouncing carriages of the period! This one with ruffled edge, lined in net, with neck curtain and the remains of ribbon ties. Has hand written notes in the interior, see images. In overall very good antique as found condition, with scattered small breaks here and there, see images. Some museum conservation stitching.


Measures fully opened front to back 13", 9" across front and stands approx. 12" high.

From Me:

The calash first appeared in the 18th C but did stay well into the mid 19th C.

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