Circa 1880s Victorian capote bonnet from Sibley, Lindsay, & Curr has a face-framing “ruffle” in its brown straw base, with masses of what appear to be buttercups and white violets tucked inside.
Crisp, palmate leaves trim the top back half of the bonnet, and brown faille ribbon is worked into an accent on the left side. Two black silk velvet ribbons attached to the bottom in back tie beneath the chin to secure the bonnet on the head. The lining is black polished cotton.
Label reads “Sibley, Lindsay & Curr, Fine Millinery, 3 Cite Trevise Paris France and Rochester, N.Y.”. A cloth museum inventory tag is present as well.
Founded in 1868 by three employees of a Boston department store who saw their best opportunity to strike out successfully on their own in Rochester, NY, Sibley’s expanded from the largest department store between New York and Chicago in 1893 to a 15 store chain in the mid 1950s. They had purchasing offices in Paris, Manchester (England) and Chemnitz (Germany) at the turn of the century, and by the time the chain began to close down in the 1980s, it had established a legacy of quality, elegance and innovative marketing.
Measurements are as follows: 15” around the horseshoe of the wire frame; 7” tall; 6.5” across; and with a depth ranging from 2.5-3”. The black velvet ribbon ties are 28” long each.
Excellent condition, with the only issue wear to the nap of the brown chenille wrapping the wire frame.
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