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MTO- Choose Your Color! Austentation Jane Austen Regency 1812 Poke Bonnet: Eliza

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I cannot help thinking that it is more natural to have flowers grow out of the head than fruit. What do you think on that subject?
Jane Austen to Cassandra
November 6, 1799

What is more evocative of the Regency than a bonnet? Straw Poke bonnets like this one were worn for the duration of the Regency, as both the period fashion plates (1812 Costumes Parisiens and 1799, Gallery of Fashion) and period fashions (from the Kyoto Museum) show. The Poke bonnet-- literally "poking" out over the face to protect one's complexion from sun, rain and wind. Another, colloquial term for this bonnet was the "kiss-me-quick"-- looking at this period cartoon, mocking the extremes this fashion took, makes it easy to see how this name came about!

This straw poke bonnet is shown trimmed with pink satin ribbon and satin flowers, accented with lovely natural colored Ostrich feathers. Please choose your floral, ribbon and feather colors for a truly unique creation. Flower styles vary with color chosen. If you would like something in a combination not shown, please convo me or leave a message in the comments section when you order. I can often offer plaids, stripes and other color combinations.

Also, Etsy is only allowing me to add two variations. Please leave a note in the comment section of your order if you would prefer black ostrich plumes, peacock feathers, or brown pheasant feathers instead of the natural white ostrich feathers.

This listing is for this bonnet decorated according to your instructions. Please contact me about custom colors and trimmings. I'm always happy to try something new. Visit for a large selection of hand made custom sewn Regency hats, bonnets, reticules, accessories and more.

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