Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Designated Purchase Fund, 1983
Not on view
Extant examples of children's clothing are fairly rare, especially headwear. As was common at the time, this hat follows the lines of women's headwear styles. Day bonnets were often ornamented with various types of materials to add texture and interest, as seen here with the braid arranged in an undulating pattern and the silk gathered into a ribbon on the side. These types of decorations provided variety from the plainer dress of the period.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Age Of Napoleon," December 13, 1989–April 15, 1990.