Priscilla Underwood, Bonnet and Ribbons

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I uploaded this photo yesterday, I am fascinated by her bonnet and ribbons. They don't seem very English! Also they don't seem very in fashion for the time period. 

She was born in 1813, died 1879 in England, her family back to 1678 were all born and baptised in the south of Nottinghamshire and north of Leicestershire. I have not entered her ancestors yet. 

Does anyone have any ideas of the origin of this style ? Could it be something to do with her involvement in the Baptist church?


WikiTree profile: Priscilla Wright
in The Tree House by M Ross G2G6 Pilot (435k points)
edited by M Ross

It seems that the "rich" ties fashion was pretty general in the Victorian era.  The rich ties were mostly left untied to show off the richness of the embroidery etc, while secondary ties were what fastened the bonnet to the head.

Another standard of 1860s bonnets is bonnet ties. There were often two sets, a thin pair of "utility ties" to take the strain of tying the bonnet, and another set of wide ties of silk or another fancy material. These rich ties were tied below the chin in a bow or left untied to show off the beautiful print or material. Wikipedia.

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