1770s Bonnet in Pale Pink "Pelong" Silk
Although the majority of 18th century bonnets were made up in black silk, they were also available in other colors, including pink. As early as 1769, Boston shop ads include color variations like “black, blue, green, white, and crimson bonnets” in Caleb Blanchard’s store. In 1768, Joshua Gardner and Company advertised “black, pink, blue & crimson sattin hats and bonnets.” So by 1775, you’d see half-worn black, blue, green, white, crimson, and pink satin bonnets. This bonnet in pink would be suitable for a middling sort younger woman, or an adolescent girl, or, really, any woman wanting a flattering color and a springy style. This bonnet is styled for the 1770s, with a shorter brim and rounder caul, as seen in period prints like "The Rival Milleners" (final image). It is entirely hand-sewn using period-appropriate materials and methods, and the caul is adjustable to fit a range of heads sizes (shown on a 22" head).