Woman's cap

American
second quarter of the 19th century


Place of Use: Lexington, Massachusetts, United States; Place of Manufacture: Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 29 x 20.5cm (11 7/16 x 8 1/16in.) Other (Around the face): 46cm (18 1/8in.) Other (Ties): 5 x 24cm (1 15/16 x 9 7/16in.)

Accession Number

99.835

Medium or Technique

Plain weave cotton with cotton embroidery

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Cap with double ruffle around face and single ruffle at bottom with sawtooth edges finished in bottonhole stitching; two ties with similarly finished ends; embroidered flowers and leaves throughout in satin, buttonhole, and stem stitching, insertion stitches in flower centers on front band; insertion at base of neck; written at back in black ink: “Caira Robbins/ N. 3”

Inscription

Written at back in black ink: "Caira Robbins/ N. 3"

Provenance

Worn by donor's great-aunt Caira Robbins (1794-1881); Inherited by Ellen A. Stone; Gift to MFA, 1899

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Ellen A. Stone