Simple, loose crown bonnets of varying styles were common during the Regency. The array of fabrics, colors, and decor were truly endless. Visit my Pinterest for numerous boards containing fashion plates and extant examples from the period to see what I mean: www.pinterest.com/sharonlathan62
This bonnet has a firm brim constructed of heavy stabilizer edged with millinery wire and covered with cotton mull. The fabric covering the outer brim and as the loose, gathered crown is a lightweight textured silk (possibly shantung) in brilliant gold. Trim includes a gold and white braid along the brim and a floral pattered ribbon edging the gathered crown inside and outside. The top of the crown is adorned with a dazzling jeweled pin and a long gold tassel.
A gorgeous, thick gold brocade-like fabric covers the inner brim and as a gathered bavolet along the back. The crown interior is fully lined with a wedged design of cream-colored cotton and the gold silk shantung.
This bonnet is without ties, intended to wear snugly, like a capote. The circumference of the inner crown measures 23”. The brim is 4” at its widest point in front.