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Fabulous Antique Bebe Bonnet!
Is there such a material as "silk straw"? If so, this incredible bonnet is made of just exactly that. How beautiful is the latticework that frames the face of this incredibly fabulous bonnet for your fashionable French doll! Exquisite enough for the finest Jumeau, Bru, Steiner or Thullier. Lined in glazed cotton or possibly glazed linen the condition inside is wonderful. The bonnet shows two gorgeous silk ribbon bows with a delicate flower accent. Some blooms are missing on one side and the silk ribbon is frail, but this does not distract from its wearability. At one time, I expect there were long strands of ribbons on each end, as I see some remnants at the edge. These could easily be added with some antique silk or satin ribbon, but the bonnet displays beautifully as is. While I am not sure of the actual material of the bonnet, I am speculating that it could be an intricately woven straw, or a heavy, opulent silk thread. Either way, the photos show the delicate and unusually fancy fretwork of this hat. There is only one area of discoloration I noted as shown in the photo near one ribbon rosette. I have not tried to clean it. Lucky will be the sweet bebe who wears this charming and fabulous chapeau! Please look at the photos to admire the sheer beauty of this antique bonnet. Measurements: from rosette end to rosette end (ear to ear) around the top it is 13 inches. From rosette to rosette around the neckline it is 10 inches.
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