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Head cover

Head cover

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1907 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Haywood (Mrs) (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Flannel, embroidered

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Stella Haywood

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The major change in baby clothes during the 19th century was the development of an increasingly large and complex layette of 'long clothes' needed in place of swaddling to keep the baby as warm. The form of this layette was to last for almost a hundred and fifty years, and the long gown, having been previously associated with rituals such as Christening or Circumcision, became daily wear.

The baby was freed from being bound in swaddling bands, but enveloped in more and heavier garments than previously: binder, nappy, pilch or nappy cover, shirt or vest, two caps, bodice, barracoat (flannel wrapper), petticoats, gown, cape or shawl, bib or pinafore, socks and shoes. Head covers like this one were preferred to caps and bonnets by some parents and carers, especially for outdoor wear, as they covered the neck and shoulders too.

Physical description

The head cover consists of an oblong of ivory-coloured flannel with scalloped edges that are buttonhole-stitched in cream embroidery silk; sprays of trefoils are embroidered around the edges in stem and satin stitches. The cover has a self fabric casing for a gathering string to make it fit the wearer's head.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)


1907 (made)


Haywood (Mrs) (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Flannel, embroidered


Length: 48.3 cm, Width: 45.7 cm

Object history note

Said to have been made by her mother, Mrs Haywood, for the donor's birth in February 1907

Descriptive line

Baby's head cover, ivory-coloured flannel with scalloped edges and embroidered decoration; made in the UK, 1907

Production Note

Home made: see History 1





Subjects depicted



Children's clothes; Children & Childhood


Museum of Childhood

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