A calash is a folding hat/head covering that served to protect a ladys coiffure from the elements while out and about. This example measures fourteen inches high while some surviving calashes measure as tall as twenty-four or more inches in height. The name was derived from the lightweight carriages with collapsible tops that neatly folded to the rear of the carriages.
Place object was created: United States
silk, walnut wood, cottonAnonymous Gift 2006.72.1
Currently on view at Mint Museum RANDOLPH