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Description Bonnet made of woven flatly plaited horsehair. Weave of 3 rows of black horsehair and 4 threads of white horsehair. Crown body woven in one piece. Brim edge trim of straw with horsehair braided in coil and woven between, under brim trimmed with small cloth and paper flowers, wired silk curtain laid on diagonally, crinoline lining, pink, blue and white floral woven silk ribbons.

Donor note referred to bonnet as of gray Neapolitan braid horsehair of Civil War period worn by member of the Murdock family.

James and Margaret Murdock came to the Oshkosh area before 1853. They owned a farm located on North Main near New York Avenue. James was a candidate for State Treasurer in 1853 and 4th Ward County Supervisor from 1858 to 1863. James died on April 5, 1865 at the age of 47. Margaret was born on July 31, 1826 at Downeyville, Ontario Canada and died in January of 1913 at the age of 87. They had at least six surviving children; Jefferson (1848-1877); Emma (1864-1935); Eugenia (?-1923); Martha (1858-?); Mary (1855-1921) and Viola (1865-?).

Dimensions H-16 W-9.5 D-8 inches
Year Range from 1860
Year range to 1865
Material Hair/Cloth/Metal
Object ID 372-3
Object Name Bonnet
Related Publications Oshkosh Public Museum (newsletter), Spring 2003
Used Murdock Family
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