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Antigonish Heritage Museum


Accession number: 2017.022.001
Category: Headwear
Date: early 20th century
Materials: Fibre, lace; Fibre, tulle;
Culture: Dutch
Narrative: This woman's headdress is part of the traditional Dutch costume known as   Hollandse Musse or Hollandse muts also known as a Dutch cap, worn particularly by persons living in the Raalte region of the Netherlands.  This particular piece was brought to Nova Scotia by the John Westenenk family of St Andrews district in the 1950s.  It was worn by John's mother on the occasion of her marriage c. 1910
Description: Handmade, close fitting lace cap with finely pleated brim; boning provides structure to the shape of the cap at brim and nape; cape feature at nape of neck which extends to the shoulder area.  Ribbon ties at chin area and at back of neck for snug fit. 
History of Use: Traditional headcovering for a Dutch woman for dress occasion

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