10769.28 | Bonnet (doll)
1862, 19th century
13 x 11.5 x 8 cm
Gift of E. Portia MacKenzie, 1962 (Emma Carleton Jack Memorial Collection)
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
Keys to History
Millinery provided an opportunity for women to express individuality by the way in which they trimmed their hats and bonnets with selected feathers, ribbons and imitation flowers. Millinery also provided many women with a source of income. Lady Blanche Paulet would have worn this white silk bonnet with silk fringe and silk satin ribbon ties along with a woollen cape to protect her evening gown.
Fanny Jack's (1854-1913) elder sisters, Mary (1845-1929) and Alice (1847-1921), also owned doll bonnets that are now in the collection of the New Brunswick Museum.
Since bonnets were so fragile, they were often shipped or housed in special hatboxes made of woven ash splints.
In 1840, Emma Jack (1825-95), Fanny Jack's mother, purchased a bonnet for her Aunt Margaret in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and trimmed it herself.
Miss Hannah Welch advertised as a milliner in Portland, New Brunswick, not far from where Fanny Jack, owner of the doll, lived.