1780s Black Wool Bonnet with Silk Trim
Similar to the bonnet worn by Lady Ackland's servant in a 1784 painting in the collection of the National Trust (UK), this bonnet is made up in black wool, as recommended in "Instructions for Cutting Out Apparel for the Poor." Wool stuff or durant was a common material for bonnets, especially for winter. Lined in white 100% linen, this bonnet will keep you warm and toasty in cold weather. The style is appropriate for the 1780s. Entirely handsewn, with a wired, pasteboard brim, the lining is smaller to keep the bonnet perched on your head. This will best suit a smaller head or lower hairstyles. Period techniques and a documented style make this ideal for museums, reenactors, and costumers alike.