Department Store Balch, Price & Company American

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This example of a typical bonnet worn at the end of the 1870s would have been popular with youthful married women. Probably worn with a visiting ensemble, the hat features straw, velvet and picoté ribbon. The small size accented the wearer's coiffure: her hair would have been gathered into a decorative topknot with light fringe over the forehead. Balch Price and Company was a prominent Brooklyn retailer.

Bonnet, Balch, Price & Company (American, founded 1869), straw, silk, American

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