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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1610-1620 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen; hand-sewn with hand-made bobbin lace

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lord Cowdray

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Although a few finely worked linen hoods survive in museum collections, they are very rarely seen in portraits of the late 16th and early 17th century. It is possible that they were outdoor and/or middle-class accessories and therefore seldom appear in Tudor and Jacobean portraiture which emphasises the formal dress of the aristocracy.

This hood is very modestly adorned with insertion work (bobbin lace worked between two pieces of linen) and a bobbin lace edging, but the quality of the linen and the sewing is extremely fine. The short gap between the crown of the hood and the top of the insertions suggest that it was worn with a ruff.

Physical description

An unlined woman's hood of plain white linen, cut in two separate halves, with a triangular gussets iinserted on each side. There is an insertion of bobbin lace at each seam and the edges of the hood are similarly trimmed with a bobbin-made lace edging. The lace is simply made in thick linen and is probably English.

The short gap between the crown of the hood and the top of the insertions suggest that it was worn with a ruff.
The thread count of the linen is approximately 110 by 95 threads per inch.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1610-1620 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Linen; hand-sewn with hand-made bobbin lace


Length: 49.5 cm approx, Width: 59.0 cm

Object history note

Donated by Lord Cowdray in 1970, together with a early 20th century clothing belonging to Annie, 1st Viscountess Cowdray, items of 19thc dress, some 18th century accessories and 17th century baby linen

Descriptive line

Woman's linen hood with bobbin lace insertions and edging, England, 1610-20.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Lucas, Armelle, 'Linen Hood', in North, Susan and Jenny Tiramani, eds, Seventeenth-Century Women’s Dress Patterns, vol.1, London: V&A Publishing, 2011, pp.120-123


Clothing; Lace; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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