Materials: Plain weave olive
silk with black linen or cotton threads, 10 willow canes, hemp string,
brown silk taffeta ribbon, heavy paper covered with dark brown glazed
muslin, 1 steel wire.
Provenance: Deaccessioned from a New
Condition: Very Good to Excellent. Very
slight small worn spots in the fabric near the calash's back; in a
couple tiny spots the cane exposed through the fabric; front two caned
sections sewn together with steel wire added for stability. These are
all minor flaws, this calash is very early and in wonderful shape for
its being over 200 years old!
Measurements: 12" x 12"
Comments: Calashes between the late 18th
c. and early 19th c. were worn by ladies to protect their hair and lace
caps from the dusty dirt roads when traveling in a carriage. This
calash has an unusual feature - in between each caned section is another
fabric covered section with a strand of hemp cording inside.
Original back bow still intact. Desirable and extremely rare 18th
century fashion accessory.