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Child's silk sun hat

Date: 1890s
Overall: 480 x 400 x 400 x 400 mm, 0.05 kg
Medium: Silk
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Hat
Object No: 00018350

User Terms

    This child's sun hat was worn in the late nineteenth century. Made of ivory coloured silk, it has a wide brim and bouffant crown. The brim features circles of ribbing on the underside to create stiffness and has a narrow chin strap attached to one side. The crown has a smaller brim, which creates a tiered effect and is decorated with pin tucking and lace embellishment.

    SignificanceThis is a rare surviving example of a late Victorian or early Edwardian 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.

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