This is an example of a drawn bonnet, a bonnet where fine fabric is ruched - or drawn - over a series of supports, usually cane or whalebone hoops. In this case the supports are strips of card and the fabric is bronze silk. The bonnet is also framed with silk-covered wire to hold its shape and piped with silk cording. This is the bonnet in an undressed state, ready to be trimmed for a new season: the brim extended perhaps with silk net or lace; a matching bavolet - a ruffle - applied to the back of the bonnet to cover the neck; and wide silk ribbons added at the sides to fasten the finished confection under the chin. The bonnet is provenanced to the family of James Edgar Heritage (1880-1957) C.M.G., of Launceston, Tasmania. Heritage was a well-known figure in Tasmanian legal circles and his mother’s family, the Hadfields, was also long-established in Launceston. His maternal grandmother, Catherine Coglin, was a milliner and may have made and worn this bonnet for her marriage to James Smith Hadfield in May 1850.