Here’s a few images of our mid 19th century half bonnet created for a living historian in Ohio (#ML2). It just screams summer time with it’s bright royal blue check tails and white point d’esprit over straw!
This bonnet style is small, light weight, and fits closer to the head than the full bonnets of the Victorian period. The half bonnet gained popularity during the second half of the 19th century. By the 1880s, the half bonnet had diminished in size to sit just atop the head.