Girl's pink calico bonnet, American, 1856. An old card pinned inside reads “This bonnet was made in 1856 and worn by a family of five children. Mrs. Estes Duncan. Made for Luisley Pollod.” Acquired in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania.
Slat bonnets are really easy, great all-purpose headwear. They can be made in cotton prints, or even black silk for dress. For free instructions on making your own slat bonnets, see: http://www.thesewingacademy.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/2010Slats.pdf
She had made the pattern from Godey's Lady's Book, the Practical Dress Instructor. "It is called the Coraco Eugenie," she said. "I believe it will be quite pretty, even if the cloth is not the most expensive at the merchantile. If the design is elegant, the cloth does not matter so much. I won't be attending the opera in Boston in it this season anyway." The girls laughed. Boston was a long way from Benton County, Alabama.