Bonnets with deep brims and firm crowns with in diverse colors and fabrics and with an array of adornments from simple to lavish were wildly popular during the Regency Era. Fashion plates from the period are replete with these types of basic bonnets. Visit my Pinterest site for extant examples as well as hundreds of fashion plates: www.pinterest.com/sharonlathan62
For this bonnet, the base construction is heavy stabilizer and buckram enforced with millinery wire along the brim’s edge and covered in cotton mull. The entire bonnet is a mix of machine and hand sewing with heavy hot-glue used only for the adornments.
The crown front is covered with gold silk knife-pleated horizontally. The rear of the crown is in a contrasting vertical knife-pleating pattern with the same gold silk alternating with chocolate-brown satin. The brown satin covers the outer brim and is overlaid with a gorgeous gold brocade in a leaf design trimmed with red and gold braid and dangling tassels.
Adorning the bonnet’s crown/brim juncture is a band of the gold silk topped with a sheer maroon ribbon and colorful feathers. A red ribbon cockade accents each side where the chin ties emerge. The wide chin ties are dual-sided with the gold silk and brown satin, the ends a one-inch fringe.
The interior is fully lined with cream-colored cotton. The circumference of the inner crown measures 23”. The brim is 6” at its widest in front. The hat weighs 10 ounces.