A truly exquisite piece, this antique cotton bonnet is a lovely relic of antique doll history. A seldom found design, the super tight machine stitches of the channels around the crown indicate that it was made by one of the earliest in home sewing machines- I know that early doll collectors dream of finds such as this. It is not often that I come across a bonnet with such a large curtain drape -- this will definitely complete the costume on your doll of choice. The cream white cotton is sturdy yet supple, with a boned frame, giving it a pleated design, with thick lace trimming the edges. As you can see in the photos, it looks fabulous on our very own German lady! I can see it on a papier mache baby, a childfaced china doll, or (my favorite) a large wax child. You can see a silk christening bonnet of the same period on our 35" wax girl (RLI-1175), and our beautiful model will be up in our shop later this week.
Measurements: Length (Front to back): 5.5" -- Height: 4" -- Height (including curtain): 9"
Condition: Generally excellent antique condition! The bonnet is structurally excellent and intact, with only the most minor of browning/age wear to the back of the cap, and along the pleats -- again, it is very minor, and is to be expected with the majority of antique doll clothing items. The cotton itself is supple and strong, and the lace is intact and holding together well. Overall, a beautiful piece -- your fashion dolls will be begging for you to gift them this beauty!
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Lovely Cream Cotton Antique Christening Bonnet c.1850