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Child's cotton sun hat

Date: 1890s
Overall: 790 x 440 mm, 0.1 kg
Medium: Cotton
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Hat
Object No: 00018349

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    This white cotton 'mob cap style' child's sun hat is decorated with layers of decorative lace. The brim is covered in cloth buttons and has several circles of ribbing on the underside to create stiffness. Two wide lengths of cotton tie in a bow at the chin.
    SignificanceThis is a rare surviving example of a late Victorian child's sun hat.
    HistoryBy the early 1900s a thriving tourist industry had become well established around the seaside towns of Australia. The beach had become a place for rest and recreation. Men, women and children took up the fashionable pursuit of promenading along the seashore.

    Wearing the 'uniform' of a white sundress, decorated and accessorised with hats and pinafores, usually white, to protect precious clothes and complexions from the harsh Australian climate, girls enjoyed playing beside the sea.

    White, cream, or ivory dresses were seen as a symbol of wealth during the Edwardian era. Wearing white or cream-coloured clothing meant you either had a maid at home or you could afford to pay another to wash your clothes.

    Additional Titles

    Primary title: CHILD'S HAT

    Web title: Child's cotton sun hat

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