Spoon bonnets were very popular during the Victorian era.
This bonnet was handmade by a sutler from Ohio.
I really liked all of the details the maker put into this bonnet so I splurged and made the purchase.
I especially liked the brown and black colors.
bonnets were generally trimmed heavily with lace, flowers, and feathers.
So I trimmed my new bonnet with flowers, feathers,
and vintage lace.
Several months ago I purchased a vintage hat from Carlotta
at the Lakewood 400 antique fair in Atlanta.
It had just the right shape and with a little embellishing...
it could look like the hats worn during the Victorian era.
A little velvet ribbon and antique feathers and 'voila', a Victorian style hat:).
Of course, you can't truly appreciate a bonnet or hat unless you see it on.
and Kasey who looks stunning in this feathered hat:).
Below are actual photos of spoon bonnets and a Victorian hat.
Pictures are from the book
"Vintage Hats & Bonnets 1770-1970"
by Susan Langley
Photos by John Dowling