Mrs. Parker's Millinery and Mercantile

           Pamela Robles, Proprietress

                          

   "Betsy" is a style that appears throughout the ACW years.  It's composed of a buckram brim covered with vintage straw and silk floss and chenille braid and a soft crown of periwinkle blue silk.  The edge of the bavolet is trimmed with the braid.  The underside of the brim is lined with white silk and a headliner of cotton.  Trim may vary based on availability. Click on photo for additional images.$175.  Please note, this bonnet can be made up in burgundy, olive, red  or the deep blue pictured here. A contrasting color may also be used for the crown.   Sold   "Emma," a style of round molded crown bonnet that began to appear in late 1864 and is appropriate for very late ACW and Reconstruction Era impressions.  It's been copied from an extant bonnet in my collection.  Built on a buckram, wire and net frame, the bonnet is covered in silk taffeta and trimmed with silk ribbon and silk fabric hand-fashioned to mimic trim on the original bonnet.  Vintage Chantilly lace forms the curtain.  Black silk lines the brim which also features silk and ribbon loops and streaming ends.  The interior is lined with open-weave cotton and includes stiff cotton net to help keep the bonnet in place. Ties of matching silk taffeta. Click on photo for additional images. $225. Sold.  A bonnet like this one can be created for you.   "Jenny," A low brim spoon bonnet of the early to mid-1860's.  Built on a wired buckram frame, it's covered in silk and decorated with coordinating silk, ribbon, etc., to your order  The under brim can be trimmed with paper, vintage or handmade silk or cotton flowers and leaves in a variety of colors and types. The curtain is lined with cotton net. The brim is faced with silk.  The crown is lined with open-weave cotton.  Click on photo for additional images $165.00 as shown. Sold A bonnet like this one can be created for you in your choice of colors.  

                                             

"Victoria" High Brim Spoon Bonnet in burgundy cotton velvet with vintage Chantilly lace, black taffeta and ostrich plume trim.  Brim faced with black silk and decorated with paper roses and handmade cotton leaves and sweet peas.  Crown lined with silk and a headliner of open-weave cotton A grosgrain ribbon bonnet stay is used to keep the bonnet in place. Click on photo for additional images.  $ 200. Sold  Low Brim Spoon Bonnet form of cotton buckram and millinery wire.  The wire is covered with cotton bias tape.  All hand sewn.  $45.
    "Ada," a Mid-50's to Early 60's Pointed Brim Shirred Bonnet  silk taffeta or habotai with self-fabric scalloped, pinked and ruched trim on the outer brim. The brim is built with wire and net and the brim point may be bent down for the "Marie Stuart" shape.  An English net frill fills the under brim area. Decoration includes paper and handmade fabric flowers, as required. Click on photo for additional images and additional color combinations.$200. Sold    

            Most of these bonnet styles can be made up in other fabrics or colors.  Please contact me if you have questions.

                                                                   

                         

"Polly," A conservative style for the mid-50's to mid-60's. Black Silk and Silk Crepe 2nd Mourning Bonnet with deep curtain and quilling of white silk crepe under the brim. The brim is lined in black silk. The crown features an open-weave cotton liner.  May also be ordered in all black for a deep mourning impression or another color for a fashion bonnet. Click on photo for additional images.$165.   Sold   "Beth" is the straw version of the "Jenny."  This one shown is blocked using a bao straw body woven in an intricate design. If you have problems with standard bonnets being too small for you, you may order this bonnet in a slightly larger size.  Other straw options are available.  "Beth" may be purchased as a blocked, wired and sized blank for $75 or fully decorated from $135.  A completion kit consisting of sized cotton net for the curtain liner, sized open-weave cotton for the head liner and a ribbon bonnet stay, with instructions is available for $7.   "Libby" is a drawn version of "Jenny."  This one is shown with a contrasting curtain edge, silk organza net cap and plaid cotton taffeta bow, eggshell rayon moiré ties and silk utility ties.  Libby may be ordered in your choice of colors and trims, as may most of my bonnets.  As shown, $215. Please click photo for additional views.  Sold  

                             

"Samantha" is a wool felt "Mousquetaire" or "Postilion"-style hat based on an original in the collection of the V&A Museum in London.  She's constructed of blocked and sized wool felt with silk band and bow, feather accents and a cotton/rayon grosgrain ribbon edge binding.  The brim is curled using a vintage curling shackle tool. A 2-inch wide leather sweatband completes this stylish hat. Available to your order in assorted colors, $190 for dark colors, $220 for winter white.  Sold Click on photo for additional images. This style is also available in woven straw. See the "Straw Hats" page.   "Victoria," A high brim spoon bonnet for a very fashionable lady. Black silk taffeta covers a frame of buckram, wire  and net. The crown and curtain are decorated with vintage braid of horsehair and chenille.  The interior is decorated with a cap of white lace and a swag of vintage fabric flowers. The curtain is lined in cotton net, the brim is lined in black silk and the interior crown is lined with open- weave cotton. A band of sized cotton net helps to keep the bonnet in place. Black silk utility and taffeta dressy ties complete the bonnet. $200. Click on photo for additional images. Sold As with most of the bonnets shown on this page, this shape can be made up in other colors or dressed for mourning.   ."Belinda" is a c.1862-65 spoon bonnet with a square brim. This one is dressed for mourning with a cover and curtain of crape with folds of crape decorating the crown and brim.  A full cap of black rayon netting fills the underside of the brim.  3" black rayon ribbons form the ties.  This bonnet can be decorated as a dressy bonnet in other colors and employing flowers, ribbon, lace and/or feathers to create a more festive mood. This bonnet, as shown, $200 Please click photo for additional views.  Sold

                                                                                                                           
                               
  "Melissa" is a drawn bonnet in the shape of the "Ada" bonnet above.  The silk cover is drawn on canes with a shirred brim area.  A contrasting strip of violet silk edges the curtain and the crown is decorated with loops and tails of plaid cotton taffeta. The silk-faced under brim features a frill of cotton bobbinet.  The narrow utility ties are of silk and the fashion ties are eggshell moiré rayon ribbon.  A ribbon bonnet stay has been added to help keep the bonnet in place.  As shown, $215. Please click photo for additional views and colors.  Sold   "Belinda" in fashionable dress.  "Belinda" is a c.1862-65 spoon bonnet with a square brim. This version is covered in shot gray silk taffeta with vintage Chantilly lace and tapestry gray vintage rayon taffeta ribbon trim.  The crown and tip are fashioned of buckram while the brim is formed using wire and net.  The under brim is faced with eggshell silk drawn on a reed to form a frilled edge.  A double bow of the vintage gray ribbon accents the under brim, with a ruching of eggshell tulle filling the crown.  The narrow utility ties are of silk and the fashion ties are vintage rayon moiré ribbon. A ribbon bonnet stay has been added to help keep the bonnet in place. As shown, $215 or $200 with your vintage lace. Please click photo for additional views.  Sold   "Sandra", c.1862-63 shirred and drawn spoon bonnet based on an original in my collection. Click here to view.  The buckram, wire and net frame are covered with shirred and drawn silk with a self-fabric brim facing.  The interior decoration consists of a "cap" of hand-fluted cotton netting and handmade cotton roses with vintage glass berries.  The two sets of ties are vintage rayon moiré.  A sized open-weave cotton headliner completes the interior.  As shown, $225. Please click photo for additional views.  

                                  

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"Gemma" is based on an extant (original) bonnet in the collection of MFA Boston, c.1862-64 The crown is covered in rolled pleats of ivory silk.  The net and wire brim is covered in silk drawn on reed. A frill of ivory rayon English net fills in under the brim while the outer brim features a ruche of embroidered net lace.  The headliner is of white open weave cotton.  The fashion ties are vintage rayon ribbon and the utility ties are of silk ribbon. This bonnet can be made up in other colors and handmade flowers are optional for the under brim.  Pricing depends on your selection.  As shown, $250.  Please click photo for additional views.  Sold   "Emma" dates to very late 1864 to 65.  It's based closely on an extant (antique) bonnet in my collection.  Ivory silk taffeta covers the crown with cotton backed silk forming most of the trim.  Ivory silk and vintage rayon ribbons decorate the under brim area.  Vintage cotton lace edges the back and represents what was, in prior years, a curtain. Rayon taffeta ribbon and silk ribbon are used for dress and utility ties, respectively. Silk is hand-dyed to match. As shown, $225.  Please click photo for additional views.  Sold Any vintage items used are subject to availability.   "Heather" is Glengarry style straw hat based on an original.  Research indicates this is a post-war fashion for adults. She's fashioned from blocked woven straw.  The lower edge is bound with wool braid.  The lining is open-weave cotton.  She's decorated with a double cockade of plaited and fringed silk topped with a vintage ostrich plume. All hand-sewn. $155 as shown. Please click photo for additional views. Sold
              

  

"Valerie" is very similar to "Emma" and is the same late ACW to early reconstruction era. Unlike "Emma," this version has a small true curtain, albeit a narrow one.  The drawn and shirred pattern is taken from an original in my collection.  She is done up here in white with white ties and fluted cotton net trim under the brim.  The ties are German rayon moiré. To see this bonnet with optional flowers under the brim, click the photo to see the gallery. This is another example of a custom-requested bonnet based on an original. As shown, $215.  Sold. Please click photo for additional views. This bonnet can be made up in your choice of color.   "Emmaline" is a sheer soft crown bonnet built on a wire and cotton net frame and based on a bonnet in the collection of Historic Northampton.  This version is made of sheer silk chiffon with satin blocks woven in.  A band of drawn yellow silk crossed over the crown. This silk also forms the side bow and the bow under the brim. The bavolet is wired for support.  The brim is faced with fluted cotton net ribbon.  The fashion ties are vintage rayon taffeta ribbon.  Emmaline is also available in plain silk chiffon or crepe and with or without floral trim. As shown, $215.  Sold. Please click photo for additional views. This bonnet can be made up in your choice of color.   "Alathea" is based on a c.1854 original, from which the pattern and design were pulled.  Shirred bands of silk taffeta form the crown cover.  Black cotton net with applied bands of taffeta with vintage black lace and new velvet ribbon make up the unusual curtain.  Cotton lace faces the brim and fine cotton bobbinet forms the full cap.  Silk ribbon bows trim the underbrim and a transparent striped silk bow is applied to the crown.  Silk utility ties and vintage rayon ribbons complete the bonnet. $250. Please click photo for additional views.  Sold

            
"Isabella" is a post-war fanchon style demi bonnet based on an original in my collection, suitable for reconstruction period impressions c.1865-68.  The wire and net form is covered in light gold silk taffeta with a silk ribbon rosette gracing the back of the crown.  The ties are self-fabric edged with vintage lace and are pinned together behind the composed bow.  The under-brim is filled with a double layer of gathered and puffed silk tulle. A narrow round elastic attached at the tips of the brim runs under the chignon to help keep the bonnet in place. As shown, $155. Please click photo for additional images. AVAILABLE NOW.  You may also order this bonnet in your choice of color, based on availability.  

 

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