They carried a headdress adorned with silver tankards,
plates, and other silver objects to add to their allure.
The pic above is name 'The Milkmaid's Garland', or
'Humours of May Day', by Francis Hayman, painted
in 1741-42. One of the ancient customs observed on
May Day that persisted until the early 19th century
was the 'Milkmaid's Garland'. The milkmaids would
dress in their best clothes and dance in the streets
for their customers. A donation from the customers
and from passers-by was expected.
Showing milkmaids with garlands and
chimney sweep boys dancing