Iowa Shrewsbury’s Sun Bonnet
and Dress Apron
By Sandra and Neil Brandt
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These wonderful family heirlooms, a sun bonnet and a dress apron, belonged to
Iowa (Maxey) Shrewsbury (1853-1924), wife of Philip T. Shrewsbury (1851-1922).
They were carefully stored and preserved by daughter Rhoda (Shrewsbury) Gerrie
and, subsequently, by granddaughter Rhoda (Shrewsbury) DeRosa. In keeping with
his mother's instructions that the two heirlooms should be handed down from
generation to generation through female members of the family, Dean DeRosa
presented the bonnet and apron to great-granddaughters Sandra (Look) Brandt and
Sherry (Look) Stebing for continued safekeeping within the Shrewsbury Family.
White Lawn Sun Bonnet
“Lawn” is the type of fabric from which the bonnet is made. It is a very light weight, sheer cloth with a bit
of a silky feel. The trim of the bonnet
is factory-made. The style is probably a “Slat Bonnet”. There are four ties to
the bonnet. One pair of ties is for the back, and the other pair is for the
front. The brim is quilted to help make it stiff.
White Lawn Dress Apron
This is a full-length apron. It has a hand-crocheted edging. The pattern is “Filet” with a double crochet stitch and clusters. A very fine thread was used – at least 30. One of the ties has a piece added. Nothing was wasted in days gone by!