Baby bonnet, possibly bonnet cover

Object Number: 
Z.1204
Date: 
1830-1850
Medium: 
Silk, cotton
Dimensions: 
overall (flat): 8 3/4 x 6 3/8 x 1/2 in. ( 22.2 x 16.2 x 1.3 cm )
Description: 
Pink silk hand stitched and quilted baby bonnet with pink glazed cotton lining; the body of the bonnet quilted in a diamond pattern and the horseshoe shaped inset panel at the center back quilted with cross-over loop design surrounding a star motif; the brim is cord-quilted and attached by running stitches to a cream silk brocade ribbon turned-back displaying a meandering ivy design; the hem of the body of the bonnet is finished in a brown tape applied by running stitches; a self-fabric shirred collar is attached to the outside of bonnet along tape around the neck edge and is quilted in a cross-over loop design; the collar is trimmed and lined with the brocade ribbon as is also used in the brim.
Gallery Label: 
Handmade bonnet covers were often used by women and children in the 19th century over their best bonnets to provide a fashionable protection against wind, snow or rain.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group