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Wedding cap

Wedding cap

  • Place of origin:

    Brussels (made)
    Chicago (worn)

  • Date:

    1890-1892 (made)
    28 January 1892 (worn)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Point de Gaze needle lace

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Fashion trends affected the market for quality hand-made lace in the later 19th century. It became increasingly popular once again in the later 1880s, and it experienced a boom in the 1890s and early 1900s, peaking between 1895 and 1905. Point de gaze needle lace was the most fashionable type, and fine pieces were made for exhibitions or special commissions.

This cap was made to be worn with a fine needle lace veil which was exhibited at the World's Colombian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893. The veil and cap were purchased by Roxana Atwater Wentworth, daughter of a former Chicago mayor, who wore the two together at her wedding to Clarence Wenthrop Bowen in January 1892. The veil was also worn by Roxana Wentworth Bowen, their daughter, when she married in 1917.

Physical description

Wedding cap made of lace. Round and close-fitting with stiffened brim made with layers of point de gaze needle lace with design of flowers and leaves linked by scroll work.
To be worn with wedding veil, see object T.366-1970.

Place of Origin

Brussels (made)
Chicago (worn)


1890-1892 (made)
28 January 1892 (worn)



Materials and Techniques

Point de Gaze needle lace

Marks and inscriptions


Width: 40.7 cm side to side, taken from register

Object history note

This cap was worn by Roxana Atwater Wentworth (1854-1935), daughter of a former Chicago mayor, for her wedding to Clarence Winthrop Bowen (b.1852) on 28 January 1892. The veil and cap were said by the family to have been exhibited at the World's Columbian Exposition, held in Chicago, U.S.A., in 1893.The veil was also worn by Roxana Wentworth Bowen, their daughter, when she married in 1917.

Descriptive line

Wedding cap, point de gaze needle lace, Brussels, about 1890-2.

Labels and date

Lace cap and veil
Brussels, Belgium

High-quality lace was prized in the second half of the 19th century and the best examples were often exhibited. Following Roxana Atwater Wentworth's wedding to Clarence Winthrop Bowen in Chicago in 1892, her magnificent wedding veil was exhibited at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893.

Needle lace (point de gaze)
V&A: T.366, 367-1970 [2011]


Linen thread


Needle lace


Lace; Hats & headwear; Marriage; Fashion; Clothing; Women's clothes


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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