Irma G. Bowen Historic Clothing Collection
 

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Creator

Unknown

Date Created

c. 1870s

Subject

Women's costume accessories; Worn costume accessories; Headgear

Medium

Straw, velvet, crinoline, wire

Description

c. 1870s. Sloped oval brown straw toque or cap, brimless, constructed over a crinoline material (starched heavy mesh) structure, covered in turn with a pale brown fabric. Sixteen lengthwise rows of a two-part straw trim are sewn to the fabric over the crown, each row made of a flat braid sewn to a tubular braid shaped into a zig-zag. The edge of the toque is wired for support and covered with a band of brown velvet, its inside edge left unhemmed but finished on the outside. A matching band of four brown velvet ruffles is sewn around the edge. There is a gap in the ruffles at the center front, likely where a focal element once was or was intended to be; the original inventory notes that there was once "a different trim." There is no lining. Hand-sewn.

Extent

Height in front: 6.4 cm / 2.5 in. (height of crown in front)
Height in back: 3.8 cm / 1.5 in. (height of crown in back)
Length: 17.8 cm / 7 in. (length front to back of crown)

Provenance

Gift of Philip Marston

Museum Number

491

Publisher

University of New Hampshire Library

Contributor

Astrida Schaeffer, photographer/curator

Date Digitized

2-7-2019

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License

Comments

The Irma G. Bowen Historic Clothing Collection digital catalog was produced by the UNH Library Digital Collection Initiative, supported in part by a grant from the Mooseplate program and New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Additional funding provided by the E. Ruth Buxton Stephenson Memorial Fund.
Photography copyright, Astrida Schaeffer.

Keywords

Women’s garments, Accessories worn, Head, Headgear, Caps, Toque, 1870s, United States, Crown (hat component), Straw (plant material), Crinoline (textile), Wire, Braided, Ruffle, Velvet (fabric weave), Brown (color), Hand-sewn, Marston (donor)

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