Woman's cap

Woman's morning cap

American
about 1820–25
Worn by Mehetable Stoddard Sumner (Welles) (American, 1784–1826)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States; Place of Manufacture: (fabric) probably India

Dimensions

Overall: 25.4 x 27.9 cm (10 x 11 in.)

Accession Number

49.952

Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave (mull and cambric) with cotton embroidery

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Woman’s morning cap the sheer mull crown with applied and welted cambric star; gathered mull mid section between two rows of welting, cambric headband with small chin pendants and drawstring at back; sheer mull ruffle with embroidered V-shaped motifs and saw-toothed edge; double ruffle across brow

Inscription

Written in ink on fabric label sewn inside: "Morning cap 1820-1825 worn by Mrs. Benjamin Welles Boston Marked 1906 by her grand daughter Miss Georgiana Welles Sargent"

Provenance

Probably worn by Mehetable Sumner Welles (1784-1826) of Boston; Inherited by her granddaughter Miss Georgiana Welles Sargent (born 1858) of New York City; Gift of Emily Welles Robbins (Mrs. Harry Pelham Robbins) and the Hon. Sumner Welles, in memory of Georgiana Welles Sargent, to MFA 1949

Credit Line

Gift of Emily Welles Robbins (Mrs. Harry Pelham Robbins) and the Hon. Sumner Welles, in memory of Georgiana Welles Sargent