Image taken from The Exquisite. A collection of tales, histories and essays Illustrated with numerous engravings. Originally published/produced in London, [1842-44.].
50s-60s quilted brim, brown polished cotton lining - Though a more structured bonnet/hood seems to appear in paintings and fit with descriptions.
Said to be an army hospital nurse, this post mortem (death portrait) photograph shows a young woman holding a book, possibly a small bible or testament. The revenue stamp on the back dates this image to 1864. Annapolis was the site of one of the largest Union Army Hospitals during the Civil War and at least 5 female nurses died of diseases caught while tending patients there. Three of them died in late 1863 and two died in early 1865. The 1864 stamp on this image places it between those two time
Tucker (worn under wide/deep necklines, in day or evening) from England, sold on ebay. "It is made of a fine cotton fabric with a delicate band of whitework embroidery all round the neck, edged with bobbin lace. The whitework is very finely done, in a continuous design of tiny flower sprays and leaves... the back [and front] from the neck edge to hem is 9 1/2 inches... The shoulder seam measures 3 inches ... as the neck is very wide. The side seams are finished with a hand stitched hem."
1850s Semi Sheer Blue Green White Cotton Print Drawn Bonnet Hand Sewn from ebay: round brim of the 1850s created by drawing the fabric onto four progressively longer canes; final shape formed with milliner’s wire around the front edge. The rows of canes and wire stabilized by three fabric-covered strips of whalebone attached inside. Brim and curtain trimmed with box-pleated self-fabric and a self-fabric bow at the center of gathers (nape). Ties under chin w/ narrow ribbon, edge fringed in blue.
1845–59 Vest. The elaborate embroidery pattern on this vest is well designed and rendered with heavily textured cornucopias next to delicate flowers in ombréd tones to add depth and realism. Vests of the 18th and 19th centuries were seen as a vehicle of self-expression, much as a necktie is seen today. This particular vest, with its cornucopias symbolizing abundance and fulfillment, was inspired by the intricate embroidered waistcoats of the previous century.