C.1885-1889 black crepe bonnet which would
have been worn during the later stages of mourning when some color was permitted
to "slight your morning". Lavender was considered an appropriate color to wear, which would explain the lavender cloth flowers
decorating a rather sombre bonnet. It most likely would have been worn by an older lady as it's near identical in style to the matron's bonnet above.
This style of bonnet would not have been thought fashionable by younger ladies. The ties are purely decorative and would not have been tied. The crinkled
is of good quality, and is not the cheap widow's weeds which had a tendancy to turn brown.
(Formerly L. Hidic)