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Object ID # 1974.055.002
Object Name Sunbonnet
Title Woman's Bonnet with Sun Protector
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date Late 19th-century
Artist Farquharson (neé Bell), Mary
Made Farquharson (nee Bell), Mary
Place of Origin Silcote, Municipality of Meaford, Grey County
Description White cotton woman's (sun)bonnet. It has a wide brim, and a sun protector at the nape area, which suggests that it would have been worn outdoors. Lace-trimmed. The nape of the neck has a large piece of fabric to protect it from the sun. It has ties. Wide fold back brim with a pattern of stitched down stripes in sets of two. Back panel gathered into brim. Outside all edged in narrow white lace. Two sets of ties; one set at inside chin level, other attached at outside chin level. Hand-sewn.
Makers mark None
Provenance Hand-made and worn by Mary Farquharson (neé Bell) 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 W-24 L-40 cm
Found Sydenham Township (formerly), Municipality of Meaford, Grey County
People Farquharson, Mary
Subjects Bonnets
Clothing & dress
Search Terms Sydenham Township
Function Married women in the 19th-century tended to wear a white house bonnet when working indoors. They also wore white bonnets to bed as part of their night attire. When outdoors, they would wear a bonnet or hat.