Hats, October 1810

Fashions of London and Paris, October 1810.

“Head Dresses.”

Bonnets in 1810 were fitted quite close to the head. The hat on the central figure is called a close bonnet in the description but is actually a capote (a soft crown with a stiffened brim). This brim is something of an exaggeration for 1810 and almost harkens back to the “tunnel” hats of 1807.

In the last few years of this magazine (1810 was its last year of publication), the hat prints always included a central half-figure showing an outer garment of some kind. Here we have a pelisse and tippet.

The print is described in the magazine as follows:

“Fig. 1.– A bonnet of white crape, embroidered round the edge with orange, and ornamented with a white flower in front.

“Fig. 2.– A bonnet of pink satin, trimmed with straw, and ornamented with a flower.

“Fig. 3.– Close bonnet of purple satin, the front covered and trimmed round the edge with lace; a lace frill over the crown. Pelisse of purple sarnset; swansdown tippet.

“Fig. 4.– Cap of white satin, worked with pink chenille; pink flower in front.

“Fig. 5.– Cape of white satin and lace.”

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