Flat straw hat covered with blue silk fabric, blue and white silk ribbon gathered around crown and tied in bow, white net trim around crown, white silk lining underneath. Late 18th to early 19th century. Overall: 1 x 15 in.
1590-1670: A Woman's Hat, made of a single piece of felt from beaver fur, with pack threads visible at the base of the crown and the initials 'FM' stamped on the crown, England. Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
An 1861 bonnet in colors I think my fictional Clare would like. (Why did I just write "think," as though she is a real person and I might be wrong? Could it be my extended immersion in the novel that is addling my brain?)