Regency Silk Helmet-style Bonnet or Casque a la Minerve with plume
The "casque a la Minerve" or Minerva hat was a popular style in the early Federal and Regency periods, drawing as it does on classical imagery. This bonnet in gold silk shantung with black silk satin ribbon trim and black ostrich plumes features a chin strap that button to secure the bonnet. This design is based on plates from the 1798 "Journal des Dames et des Modes" seen in the last two images. Entirely hand-sewn with a wired buckram brim and hand-shaped plumes, the poufs are supported by lightweight cotton buckram; the buttons are covered in matching silk, and the strap has contrasting silk ribbon trim. Although the original plates paired this style with a loose jacket or shawl, it would be equally attractive with a military-styled spencer worn over a muslin gown. One size fits most at about 22" in circumference.