Coiffe Grisette or Grand Bonnet Timeworn Antique French Traditional Quilted Hat white chintz

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Stunning antique French coiffe or head dress! This wonderful tall hat would
have been draped with lace as a part of a woman's attire at a folk wedding or
special ceremony in the southwest coastal area of France. Most likely this cap
originated from between the Ile de Re and Oleron in France. This coiffe is
either what is known as a Grand Bonnet des Charentes, Capot de Marandaise OR a
Grisette de Niort, but there is such a huge variety of antique coiffe styles in
France (especially in this region) that it can be hard to say for sure! This
quilted cap likely dates to the late 18th or early 19th century! The fabric
that this cap is made of is a lovely, aged white cotton and was hand quilted.
You can see the hand work of this quilting on the interior of the cap. Charming
details! The coiffe was quilted with a thick batting of wool and linen and has
a stiff and sturdy feel. This hat would likely have been made by the woman who
wore it. Every detail of this beautiful hat was likely hand made, and the
design choices extremely personal. As you can see in the photos, there is some
staining on this piece , but survived in good condition generally! ~
Headdresses or coiffes as they are known in French, were important to the
dress of women all over Europe throughout the centuries. In times past in
France and other nations of the world, the hair of women was considered to be
the den of demons so it was believed a good, pious woman should cover her hair.
The look of the headdress however, was dictated by style and occasionally by
tradition. These traditional European headdresses come in many shapes and sizes
some more elegant and others more utilitarian, but they are all unique in their
own way! A wonderful, rare collectors item!
~*~ ( 85C )

MEASUREMENTS : Laid flat this headdress measures about 7 inches deep by 11
inches from side to side ( so about a 22 inch circumference at the bottom

CONDITION : This hat is in as found, not freshly laundered condition. There
are age mark stains on the chintz cotton

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