Hard to find early baby bonnet hand stitched of soft silk with an overlay of knitted silk thread and front ‘bow’. The ends around the bonnet are stitched with fine ruffled lace and around the edge of the bonnet the is matching blue chenille. The interior lining is ivory silk that many times is gone by the time. As expected from a textile dating to about 1850 a few if the knitted silk threads are broken and the interior lining is a bit melting.
The bonnet was made with little string on the inside, on the top and bottom, so that it can be ruched and adjusted to fit. You see it modeled on a 22” tall doll for reference (she is not included in the sale). The bonnet has been hand washed and gently steam pressed so it is ready for display. Finding surviving silk of this quality and design are becoming ever scarce.