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Accession number: X.8.30
Category: Headwear
Object type: Lady's
Date: circa 1860
Materials: Fibre
Measurements: 58 cm L x 24 cm Wdimensions taken flat
Narrative: Women's' caps were worn for modesty, fashion and as a practical garment while working. They were worn under bonnets or hats. By the 1860's the cap was going out of fashion while hats and bonnets and hairstyles became the focus of the head. Older women retained them however and they were still worn for night wear as a night cap.
Description: Woman's cap: off white made of cotton eyelet -handmade?- with 4.5cm ruffle surrounding the front and back edges of cap. Centre front crown piece is joined with eyelet lace. Back piece is gathered evenly on to the crown piece. There are 2 (2.5cm) ties.

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