An unusual combination of fabrics was used in this vintage child's bonnet from the Amish community. I am inexplicably drawn to vintage hats and bonnets of all kinds, and many years ago on one of my trips to Amish country in Holmes County, Ohio, I stopped at an antiques shop run by an old Amish man. He offered many wonderful things for sale, but I was only intrigued by this tiny black bonnet hiding unobtrusively in the corner. He dismissed it by saying it was only an old Amish child's bonnet, and he had other great antiques, including interesting advertising pieces. I questioned him a little more about the bonnet, thinking that it was too fancy to be worn by an Amish child. No, he said, it had been in their family for years and that it was "old". Well, this was a long time ago, and I don't know how old "old" was, but I bought the bonnet, and it has been displayed atop one of my bookcases for years. The most interesting thing about it besides its size, is the 5" wide woven horsehair double ruffle (7/8" pleated on the other side of the 5" ruffle that was mentioned) around the 14-1/2" front edge of the black corduroy bonnet, giving a halo like effect to the face. A 4" wide (of 1-3/4" ribbon width) plain flat black taffeta bow with 16" long streamers is attached to the back of the bonnet which is 9-1/2" across the bottom back. It is lined with a black cotton fabric with a slightly ribbed weave, and tied with 1/4" wide long velvet ribbon that is 14" in length. Bonnet is in very good condition, with a bit of wear along the edge of both the taffeta and velvet ribbons. I have seen a lot of Amish bonnets, but not another like this one. It is truly unique and has been a real pleasure to display. It would also make a fantastic bonnet for a large doll with about an 18" head circumference. Either way, it's a delightful chapeau! Thank you for looking.
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