Monday, March 19, 2007

Follow-up on Ladies Wire Framed Bonnets / Hats

We are only the care-takers of these chosen things that we proudly display and it is our duty to care and pass along to the ones coming behind us. Giving them the knowledge and care to appreciate. These are truly my feelings about antique and collectible collecting. Love is in the "hunt", perseverance of that "hunt", caring for and learning about the treasures I hold so dear.

Textiles in all eras were in part, "a labor of love". Some of course being about sheer necessity. I look with admiration of the beauty & precise handiwork ladies of yesteryear stored away in cupboards, chests etc. only to be discovered again... No matter how small or minute the treasure is, it is my feeling it should be held in high esteem to honor the person who so carefully created it.

As a follow-up to the posting of the ladies wire framed bonnets or hats I thought a photo would be helpful

As you can see, the wire frame is visible under the black netted lace. Attached & stitched to the lace & framework is curlicues & loops of straw. This bonnet is in remarkably good shape for being early and of a fragile nature.

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