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Young lady’s satin covered straw hat or bonnet from the Victorian Era, ca. 1870. Ivory silk having flat crown and tall brim, the under-brim covered in ruched chiffon, a band of pale lavender cloth flowers flanked by gathered chiffon poufs with long ties, twisted chiffon band with large pouf to either side, satin lining. 12 x 11 x 6. Good condition with a few flaws: Splits and shattering to chiffon under-brim, lining splitting away from brim, minor edge wear at crown. The decoration is not included.
Provenance: Helen Larson Collection. Helen Larson was a collector based in Whittier, California. She owned a successful film costume rental business and amassed a world-renowned private collection of historic fashion. She was a brilliant connoisseur and historian.