Friday, 1 June 2012

Antique French baby bonnets

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Isn't this a gorgeous, frothy baby bonnet?


It has apricot coloured silk, pleated round the face, overlaid with lace and trimmed with silk ribbon flowers


It is handmade, around 1920 but maybe earlier
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This little bonnet is made from net, with satin trim and a silk lining for comfort

Again, handmade, around 1910 I should think.


The ribbons are a little worn, but silk is so fragile and often shatters in creases

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This is a 1950s bonnet - still a little special but obviously plainer

And, no ribbons to tie it on with - a safety feature perhaps?

I just love baby bonnets - can't resist them when I see them for sale in antique markets. I remember the first lot I found at an auction. There was this old cardboard box under a table, with a yucky nylon net curtain tucked into the top. I pulled it out, and underneath were layers of broderie anglais, lace, muslin - a goldmine of Victorian petticoats and baby dresses. I bought the box for £7 and filled my little antiques unit in Marlborough. Of course, all the items simply flew out and I was sold out within the week.

Ah! Those were the days...

If you would like to see more photos, clic here for my Ebay shop.

Have a great weekend, especially to everyone in UK - wish I could be there for the Jubilee...sigh...

3 comments:

  1. These sweet bonnets are gorgeous! I have my father's christening dress from 1913... it has very beautiful hand work.

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  2. Pat - how lovely - next year, it will be 100 years old!

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  3. Hi there,

    Beautiful bonnets! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I love comments.

    Until next time! Tammy

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