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Date:1770 - 1771 (c.)

Description:Purple silk calash lined with hessian. Four hoops with material gathered in between.

Belonged to Mary Landor (1777-1860), daughter of John Landor, Rector of Colton. She was a spinster and spent the latter part of her life living at 6 Church Street, Rugeley. She inherited it from her grandmother, Mary Landor (nee Noble), wife of Robert Landor of Rugeley.

The 'Calash' bonnet was constructed with stiffening hoops and was designed to be collapsible allowing it to be expanded forward over the face to maximise protection or collapsed back backwards over the hair. It was tied under the chin with a ribbon. The same principle was used for collapsible carriage tops of the same name.


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Donor ref:67.056.0003 (37/43507)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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