18th Century Women’s Hats

This primarily deals with broad hats, especially straw hats. (Calashes and bonnets can be found elsewhere on this site; caps may be added as separate linkspages at a later date.)

  • Met 1998.230, wool and silk, Germany, c. 1720-1750
  • Met 2006.588, silk (covered straw hat?), Italy, c. 1720-1750
  • MFA 43.1831, painted straw bergère hat, Switzerland, c. 1730-1800
  • NFA 43.1835, painted straw bergère hat, Switzerland, c. 1730-1800
  • LACMA M.82.8.8, a bergére in silk, wood, paper, and silk tulle, England, c. 1750
  • Royal Albert Memorial Museum, bergere hat, English, c. 1750
  • Met C.I.69.15.1, straw bergére, Britain
  • MFA 48.1833, straw bergère with straw appliqué, France
  • MFA 43.1613, silk hat trimmed with straw appliqué, France (?)
  • Met 13.49.35, Britain
  • National Trust 1349841 (Snowshill), chip hat with cotton print lining, c. 1750-1760
  • V&A T.90-2003, Britain, c. 1750-1770; “feathers of common origin, such as those from cocks or guinea fowl, dyed in a variety of colours for a vivid effect.” A similar hat is worn by a girl in V&A 833-1873 (“Head of a Girl Wearing a White Hat” by William Hoare) and A School for Girls by Philip Mercier.
  • MFA 38.1328, English or French straw hat, c. 1750-1775
  • Met 1984.140, raffia hat trimmed with silk, Britain, c. 1760; good detail of the inside of the hat, where the ribbons are attached
  • V&A 158-1865, Italy or England, 1760s; “embroidered with straw-work flowers on crown and around brim; wreath of straw flowers around crown”
  • Met 1997.369, made of paper, straw, silk, and linen, Britain, c. 1760-1770
  • CW 1970-104, England, silk over straw, c. 1760-1785
  • Mint 2006.10A-B, a silk velvet hat with an ostrich plume and a cut steel hat pin, c. 1770
  • V&A 157-1865, straw hat trimmed with straw sheet and straw thread appliqué around the edge of the brim and crown, made in Great Britain or Italy, c. 1775-1800
  • Met 2009.300.5509, cotton, silk, and linen, European, c. 1780
  • MFA 99.664.38, straw hat covered in silk with cotton net trim, American, late 18th century to early 19th century

Dutch women’s straw hats

Note the use of fabric (often chintz) lining on the interior only, and (in some cases) a D-shape to the brim.

Depictions of 18th century women’s straw hats

This is just intended as a survey, rather than a complete list of every example possible; it provides further ideas for shape and ornamentation.