Occasionally, I peruse Ebay looking for interesting and inspiring original garments. My most recent search brought up this curious mid 19th century ribbon bonnet. It seems like the internal buckram frame is covered soley with ribbons! Very unique!
A rare piece of history! An original Salvation Army bonnet (images from Ebay). c. 1880s.
The Salvation Army began in London in 1865 as a mission organization. According to the History Channel,
“The Christian Mission, in which women were given ranks equal with men, launched ‘campaigns’ into London’s most forsaken neighborhoods. Soup kitchens were the first in a long line of various projects designed to provide physical and spiritual assistance to the destitute. In the early years, many in Britain were critical of the Christian Mission and its tactics, and the members were often subjected to fines and imprisonment as breakers of the peace.”
The first Salvation Army mission opened in the United States in 1880. The Salvation Army is still in existence today and has operations in over 75 countries.
While browsing Etsy, I came across this beauty and it instantly caught my eye. Gorgeous in grey and the design is fabulous. I love all the ruching going on it the bodice. I think I see a new design coming soon!
I came across this original early 19th century women’s work apron while doing a little research for a project. The cut follows the idea of the long narrow silhouette of the 1800s and the fabric detailing gives much information about the nature of work garments. I hope you find it interesting as well!