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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What age and social group of women wore this type of bonnet and for what occasion?

responded: Aug 16, 2011

Posted by Cath

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The bonnet is elaborate and would have required many hours of work to produce. The starching would necessitate special care - so special occasions would seem to bhe the time of wearing. Church? Weddings? Perhaps the pins form a part of a dowery gift for future lace making as well.

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