Bonnets were popular among women in the 19th century and signified status. Worn both indoors and outdoors, bonnets kept hair tidy and kept dust out. The type of lace on this bonnet is called “limerick,” or “needlerun,” which consists of embroidery on a net ground. Tiny metal pins line the edges of the starched wings.

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Why do you think the row of pins was stuck into this bonnet?

responded: Apr 15, 2010

Posted by Sara

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I think that the pins (which look like they are removeable) were stuck into the bonnet to use to secure the bonnet the the wearer's hair. The pins could be taken out, and threaded through the bonnet and a section of hair, to keep the bonnet firmly on the wearer's head.

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