Headdress - Sequinned, circa 1939-1989 Object Reg. No: SH 910939

Small headdress with net and sequin 'petals', which would have been used to keep a veil in place. Made in Belgium and acquired for use by Miss Edith M. Barnett.

Miss Barnett was born in 1905 and lived at 558 Camberwell Road, Camberwell from around 1939. She was apprenticed as a milliner when she was about 16, first at Georgettes and later with Peggy Walsh. For many years Miss Barnett conducted her millinery business from her Camberwell home. She made headdresses for the National Ballet Company for many years, taught millinery at the YWCA and taught craft, especially millinery and the dressing of dolls, through the Country Women's Association (CWA). She also seems to have showed her work: in 1937 a Miss E. M. Barnett won first prize at the Royal Show for a lamp shade; in 1940 she received a Royal Show judges' award for two hand-made paper flowers in 'Art Crafts - Amateurs' section. In the 1930s and 1940s a Miss E.M. Barnett also won several prizes for cookery at the Show.
Small headdress. A curved, padded piece of wire has at either end a motif of six "petals" made out of cream coloured net and bordered with sequins. There are sequins along the band of wire as well.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Miss Edith Barnett, 1989
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 8.00 cm (Height), 13.00 cm (Width), 15.00 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: trades, handcrafts, commerce, millinery
Themes this item is part of: Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: TRADES
Secondary Classification: Hat Making & Millinery
Tertiary Classification: components & trims
Inscriptions: Text, label: Made in Belgium/patent.
Place Made: Belgium
User: Miss Edith Barnett, Camberwell, Victoria, Australia, 1939-1989

Date Miss Barnett thought to have worked as a milliner from her home in Camberwell.

Add your comment

  • Museum Victoria does not provide valuations, for more information please visit the valuation infosheet
  • Please note that Museum Victoria staff will not normally respond to comments posted on our website.


This item is part of the following themes:

Similar items

Yes No