Coal scuttle-shaped bonnet

Coal scuttle-shaped bonnet

Silk satin with plaited straw
England
About 1805-1810
Given by Mrs K Henton
Museum no. T.81-1963

This light summer bonnet fits easily onto the head and protects the eyes and face from the sun whilst creating a strong but simple silhouette. Women's fashion of the early 1800s drew heavily on themes from the classical world. A surge in interest of antique sculpture, painting and architecture, due in part to excavations of ancient Greek and Roman sites, such as Pompeii, led to a vogue for clean lines, unadorned fabrics, draped shawls and hair worn close to the head.