Woman's Quaker Bonnet

Description
This bonnet from 1850-1874 is what a Quaker woman would have worn. Quaker bonnets were much plainer than the fashionable bonnets of the nineteenth century, with less adornment. They changed very little in style and shape making them difficult to date accurately. This bonnet with its quilted lining and skirt section would offer warmth to the wearer during inclement weather.
This bonnet is constructed of dark navy blue velvet with a quilted maroon lining and curtain. The bonnet fastens with two black ribbon ties with a single long maroon ribbon attached to either side of the front edges. It measures 12 ½ inches high by 9 ½ inches wide by 12 inches deep.
Object Name
bonnet
Object Type
Accessories Worn on the Body
Headwear
weddings
Woman
Cap
Date made
1850-1874
Physical Description
velvet (overall material)
blue, navy (overall color)
maroon (lining color)
ID Number
1983.0805.04
accession number
1983.0805
catalog number
1983.0805.04
subject
Quakers
Weddings
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Home and Community Life: Costume
Religion
National Treasures exhibit
Clothing & Accessories
Exhibition
Many Voices, One Nation
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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