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: Aug 16, 2011

Posted by Cath

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I wonder if this bonnet was a gift to a lace maker. Would the pins have been a part of the gift as being needed in the task of lace making? Maybe like a 'starter set'?

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