A hand embroidered net Flemish 'Sunday’ bonnet with long ear pieces of muslin hanging forward over the cheek-bones and a frill shadowing the forehead trimmed with machine made lace copying Lille bobbin lace.  The needlerun embroidery features a bird amongst branches with small sprigs scattered over the two twist bobbinet. It has a channel along the neckline allowing the net to be tightened by tapes.  This style of bonnet is supposed to have derived from the Lierre district (now part of Belgium and near to the Dutch border).


Condition is very good; there some repairs to the Lille edging.


Mid to late 19th century.


Ivory in colour with some age marks - this piece has been part of a private collection for many years and has not been cleaned recently. 


Measures approx. 56cm (22") along the lace edged brim and the gathered section at the back of the neck measures 32cm (12 1/2") ungathered and excluding the brim.


Price - £105.00


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Flemish Sunday Bonnet    #Bonnet06