Headdress - Wax Flowers, circa 1939-1989 Object Reg. No: SH 910938

Small round headdress with floral decoration. Thought to have been made 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 round headdress, which would be worn on top of the hair, made from wire bound with cream silky thread and fastened with cream silk hat elastic. The flowers are made of cream wax with yellow stamens. The terminals have canvas leaves painted green and cream plastic leaves and berries. The flower stems are paper-coated wire.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Miss Edith Barnett, 1989
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 16.00 cm (Height), 16.00 cm (Length)

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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
Maker: Miss Edith Barnett, Victoria, Australia, circa 1939-1989

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