#1351   Bonnet & Coach Case
   c. 1860-1865

United States    $595.00

Bonnet: woven straw, chenille, stiffened buckram, velvet ties, linings: silk taffeta and cotton mesh. Case: cardboard, tan linen, muslin lining, leather straps with brass and nickel fittings.

Condition: The overall condition of both the bonnet and the traveling case is excellent. Bonnet has some loose threads over the ear areas; this suggests that originally there were some surface trims, probably ribbon rosettes. Slight wear to the leather handle and to the outer linen covering at each corner of the case. Also the muslin lining on the case is soiled and several seams have come unstitched.

Measurements: Bonnet: 9" high x 7.5" wide. Case: 12.75" x 7" x  7.25".

Comments: Fantastic straw work on this 1860s spoon bonnet! First one inch strips of woven tan and dark brown straw were stitched together. Next the straw was embroidered over with dark brown chenille which in turn was decorated with straw in a delicate cross stitch pattern. It is so rare to find such a wonderful spoon bonnet and its original coach case used for traveling.