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Cap back

Cap back

  • Place of origin:

    Netherlands (southern, made)

  • Date:

    1720-1740 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bobbin lace worked in linen thread

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Fred Egerton

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This cap back formed part of a headdress, known as a ‘lace head’ in the 18th century. It was composed of a curved panel, the cap back, to which two long streamers were attached, called lappets. The whole ensemble was finished with a lace frill. The lappets might be pinned up on top of the head in pleats, but more usually were left to hang loose, fluttering with the slightest movement.

Among the various items of Englishwomen’s fashionable dress for which lace was used in the 18th century, the lace head was a particular focus for the display of wealth and taste. The quality of the lace, the excellence of its design and fine workmanship, and thus its likely expense, would be immediately apparent to observers.

Physical description

Cap back, bobbin lace, Southern Netherlands (Binche Type)

Place of Origin

Netherlands (southern, made)


1720-1740 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Bobbin lace worked in linen thread


Height: 24 cm, Width: 27 cm maximum, Length: 278 mm, Width: 247 mm

Descriptive line

Cap back, bobbin lace, Southern Netherlands (Binche Type), 1720-1740

Production Note

Binche type


Lace; Hats & headwear; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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