Woman's coif

late 16th–early 17th century

Object Place: England


27 x 43 cm (10 5/8 x 16 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave embroidered with silk and metallic thread

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Ground: fine natural-colored linen. Design: repeating pattern of metal scrolls enclosing pansies, honeysuckle (?) and strawberries. Stitches (Ref: Mrs.A.Christie): plaited braid, chain, trellis, Roumanian, and coral. Worked with gold and silver thread (gilded silver wound on yellow silk and silver wound on white silk) and silk (greens, yellowish greens, yellows, blues, pinks, and red.) Coif-like headdress with pointed front and curved sides. Gathered at the top with short seam running to the front. Edged with narrow gold and silver bobbin lace. Trimmed with spangles. Green ribbon is run through narrow hem at lower edge. Brown stains.

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund