Saturday, December 19, 2015
Interesting Antique Hat With Pearls
From the seller:
Exquisite antique doll bonnet.
Completely hand made. Intricately worked lace laid over opulent burgundy silk velvet, decorated throughout with wonderful pearl and clear glass beads.
Would look superb and a large doll.
Victorian 19th century.
the circumference of the bonnet is approx 19". Ear to ear approx 7".
Very good antique condition with just gentle signs of wear commensurate with age. Some beads are missing .
I have no clue when this is really from - I just want to play with it. It looks like it would cast funny lights thanks to refraction if you tossed it up in the air on a sunny day. I'd add bells for extra noise. ...yeah, I know. I'm basically making a hat into a cat toy.
My guess is 1920's because I know they had some pretty insane beaded head-ware at that point. However, I'd very much welcome other opinions. Just be sure to back it up with a fashion plate or two!
Based on Sally's comment below and her wonderful links, I agree, it might be 1860's! Here's a photo from the FIDM Blog of an 1860's example.