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Approximate year via lady's unusual hat

Approximate year via lady's unusual hat

Posted: 13 Nov 2012 10:14PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Bullock
I recently received a copy of a photograph entitled "Mrs. Bullock." I'm not well versed on vintage fashions - I have no idea when the photo was taken. I've searched for women's hats with trains, but can not find any hats that resemble the one in this attached picture. Does anyone know when this hat/bonnet was in style?
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Re: Approximate year via lady's unusual hat

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 4:00AM GMT
Classification: Query
She is wearing mourning dress. My guess is that it is later 19th century because of the lower part of her garb.

Around 1860-70 such dresses tended to be quite voluminous, while this one seems much slimmer.

The hat appears to be some kind of bonnet with a construction on top. It is a bit odd looking as it is captured in this photo.

My guess is about 1890, but this really is a bit of a guess. The trend later is for large brimmed hats rather than bonnets, but I am not sure that there is a definitive cut off period for mourning dress styles.

Below is some pictures for you to make your own guess from.



http://pinterest.com/saskiakuus/mourning-dress/

Re: Approximate year via lady's unusual hat

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 4:14AM GMT
Classification: Query
My first thought was Edwardian, very early 1900s. Her hat reminds me of some of the mourning caps/bonnets that I have seen from that era. This is a hard one, because it's difficult to make out her clothing under that cape. I'm interested to hear other opinions....

Best of luck to you!

Re: Approximate year via lady's unusual hat

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 9:51AM GMT
Classification: Query
Lou Taylor has written a book on the history of mourning dress - your local library may have a copy, which failing it is available on Amazon.

Re: Approximate year via lady's unusual hat

Posted: 15 Nov 2012 6:01PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 15 Nov 2012 6:05PM GMT
Based on my limited knowledge of the civil war era, the photo and her dress style looks like it could be from that time period, 1860's 1870's. Early 20th century hats were squat but had large brims.

Check this site out it has lots of info on historical clothing
http://www.historicaltimekeepers.org/Fashion-Research/Fashio...

http://www.victorianbonnets.com/1850%27s-1860%27s-%20Hats%20...

and they have a mourning page here:
http://www.victorianbonnets.com/mourningpage.htm

Re: Approximate year via lady's unusual hat

Posted: 17 Nov 2012 12:49AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you so much for your reply. I think I would agree with you on the 1890 time period. I never would have thought of her outfit as mourning attire. Now, I guess I'll be looking for a family member who died in the 1890s.

Re: Approximate year via lady's unusual hat

Posted: 17 Nov 2012 12:51AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you for sending links to the clothing web sites. Extremely informative!

Re: Approximate year via lady's unusual hat

Posted: 25 Nov 2012 7:05AM GMT
Classification: Query
the hat looks like an 1830's Victorian hat. I'm attaching a pic of a hat that looks similar.
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