If you look at Francis Powell Frith's genre painting of Margate Sands painted in 1851-4, you will see all the children wearing uglies and some of the women. Attached to the front of a bonnet they shielded the wearer's eyes from the sun's glare. How on earth they were held in place is a marvel because the canes are so springy and the silk so delicate. They are always found in this mid blue silk.
The mid blue silk expanding with five covered canes, silk ribbons.
10 1/2 in; 27 cm wide;
I would say this has never been worn. It is in excellent condition.
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