The “stove pipe” bonnet was extremely popular throughout the Regency Era. Numerous fashion plates include variations of this tall crown, wide poke-style brim bonnet. Visit my Pinterest site for extant examples as well as hundreds of fashion plates: www.pinterest.com/sharonlathan62
The base construction is heavy stabilizer and buckram enforced with millinery wire and covered with cotton mull. As seen in the photos above, the thick blue fabric completely covered the outer surfaces with the sheer, white gauze layered along the brim edge and crown sides. The white gauze fabric is beautifully embroidered.
Navy blue ribbon and eyelet accents are carefully placed to enhance. The white gauze is gathered around the crown/brim juncture with two pretty light blue ribbon “flowers” at the end where the white ribbon chin ties descend.
The interior is fully lined with thick cotton inside the crown and the white gauze gathered over the inner brim.
The circumference of the inner crown measures 22”. The crown is 6” high and the brim 6” at its widest in front.
This hat comes with a matching reticule! The drawstring reticule has four sides. The outer fabric is a sheer white gauze, two of which are beautifully embroidered. The inside is lined with thick blue fabric. This reticule is quite large measuring 8” deep and 20” at the mouth when fully open.