Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Woman's dress, late 1850s
A day dress of printed wool muslin, worn with patterned silk shawl, straw bonnet, kid leather gloves and a folding parasol.
Small parasols, with silk canopies (often trimmed with a deep silk fringe) and ivory handles were used when travelling in a carriage. The jointed handles allowed them to be folded up in an enclosed space.
Both parasols and deep-brimmed bonnets shielded the face from the sun – a suntan and freckles were not admired at this period.