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Object ID # 1974.055.001
Object Name Bonnet, Indoor
Title Mrs. Mary Farquharson's Bonnet
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date Late 19th-century
Year Range from 1860
Year Range to 1900
Artist Farquharson (neé Bell), Mary
Made Farquharson (nee Bell), Mary
Place of Origin Silcote, Municipality of Meaford, Grey County
Description White cotton woman's bonnet. This bonnet does not have any maker's name or initials on it. Hand-made. White cotton ruffle borders all the edges. Deep white band goes around the front of the bonnet. Tightens to fit with a gathering string that ends in a bow at the bottom centre of back. It has a rounded plain back with a seam that vertically goes around the head with one row of piping.
Makers mark None
Provenance Hand-made and worn by Mary Farquharson (neé Bell) (b. 1847-d.1930) of Silcote, Sydenham Township, Grey County. She passed it on to her daughter, Mrs. Alex Stewart (who lived at Annan) and then it was passed down to her daughter, Mrs. Carl Morrison.

Collection Textiles, 19th-c Clothing Collection, Women's
Material Cotton/Lace/Thread
Dimensions H-24 L-38 cm
Found Sydenham Township (formerly), Municipality of Meaford, Grey County
People Farquharson, Mary
Subjects Bonnets
Search Terms Silcote
Sydenham Township
Function 19th-century married women tended to wear house bonnets when working indoors. They would also wear a bonnet or hat when outdoors. At night-time they would also wear white bonnets to bed.