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Nightcap

1600-1625 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This nightcap is an example of informal headwear for a wealthy man. Headwear was a significant part of dress in the 17th century, for reasons of both fashion and warmth, and although nightcaps were only worn around the home, they could be, like this example, very luxurious.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Linen, embroidered with silver-gilt thread and silks
Brief Description
Man`s cap, embroidered linen, Britain, 1575 - 1624.
Physical Description
Man`s cap, embroidered linen.
Subject depicted
Summary
This nightcap is an example of informal headwear for a wealthy man. Headwear was a significant part of dress in the 17th century, for reasons of both fashion and warmth, and although nightcaps were only worn around the home, they could be, like this example, very luxurious.
Bibliographic Reference
John Lea Nevinson, Catalogue of English Domestic Embroidery of the Sixteenth & Seventeenth Centuries, Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Textiles, London: HMSO, 1938, p.86, plate LXIV b 1
Collection
Accession Number
198-1900

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record createdJanuary 6, 2003
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