Poke Bonnet
Poke Bonnet
Poke Bonnet
Poke Bonnet
Poke Bonnet
Poke Bonnet

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Clothing and Accessories
Women's Clothing
Clothing Accessories
Headwear ➔ Poke Bonnet

This straw poke bonnet features fabric sewn along the back to protect the wearer's neck from the sun. During this time period bonnets were worn outside to keep a woman's complexion pale and to protect from the sun. Women often owned two bonnets: one for warmer weather usually made of straw and one for colder weather. The tradition of the Easter bonnet comes from when women would switch their winter bonnet for their summer bonnet. This poke bonnet is significant to the collection because it is an excellent representation of the type of bonnet a woman would wear during the summer in this time period.
circa 1840 – 1865
Straw, Muslin
17 in" h 7.5 in" w 12 in" d
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Collection Tier:
Tier 2
Gift Of Florence S. Babbitt
Related Entity:
Florence S. Babbitt (donor)
Related Objects:
Related Place:
Grand Rapids