Hair hat

For the life of me, this lady’s hairstyle looks like she has a hat on, but I know it’s just her hair. ¬†She has quite a lot of embellishment to her dress, actually, with lace cuffs, a frilly jabot and lace collar, plus the buttons on either side of the bodice. Such a lot of buttons! I count nine functional ones on the right and there are probably more hidden by her arm, plus the other side is likely decorative. There must be 24 or more buttons just on her bodice. At a time when buttons were individually made that’s quite a statement!

She is shown in the 3/4 profile with one hand pretending to hold her chin and make her look thoughtful. The photographer was Boyle or Goyle in Monticello, IA. So many from Iowa lately.

UPDATED: Iggy found the photographer was Frank A Coyle. Thanks Iggy!!


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