Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Mourning poke bonnet

Date:
ca. 1840
Culture:
American
Medium:
straw, silk
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. James Dowd Lester, 1942
Accession Number:
2009.300.1431
Not on view
The style of the poke bonnet manifests the demure and modest style that followed the young Queen Victoria's accession to the throne in 1838. This severe all-black example was probably worn for mourning, a long-standing custom that the Queen elevated to a social institution, especially after the death of her beloved husband, Prince Albert.
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