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: May 25, 2010

Posted by theresa

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I don't agree that the pins were used to secure the bonnet onto the head. If this were the case, the pins would be at the back ie/ where most of the hair was. I wonder if the pins were there to add weight and therefore stability to the face-framing portion at the front?

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