This pretty bonnet is a very youthful style dating from c.1848-52. It is made of silk-lined straw plait and crinoline (horsehair) lace, and trimmed with blond (silk) lace and artificial roses assembled from cotton and wax. The fancy straw ‘lace’ and trim are probably of Swiss origin, while the bonnet appears to have been assembled in England. The bonnet may have been part of an expensive trousseau, but of more interest is the fact that it retains a rare original printed paper label. The label reveals that the milliner was a Mrs. Bell of 34 Wigmore Street, in the heart of the Hanover Square area of London, well known for dressmaking and millinery establishments. The line ‘Milliner & C.’ suggests that she supplied more than hats and indeed a Mrs. Bell is known to have worked in the West End during the first half of the nineteenth century.