This is the most stunning and rare little baby bonnet dating to the 18th century. The bonnet is made from Spitalfields silk, made by the Huguenot weavers who settled in the area in the 1700's. The bonnet retains the original burgundy silk ribbons that were used to tie it, these do have some wear to them. The inside of the bonnet is lined with a rare hand blocked fabric that is in good antique condition. The silk of the bonnet appears to have once had metallic thread woven through it which has now worn although still visible in a couple of small areas. The silk has delicate little flowers woven in to it and has gold metallic trim edging the bonnet. A piece of the gold metallic trim is loose and this is included in the photographs so please do study them carefully. The front of the bonnet is edged with lace that has become a little soiled over the years. It is a rare little survivor and would make a wonderful addition to a collection.