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Object ID Number SAM 1947.66
Object Name Cap
Title Night Cap
Date circa 1766-99
Culture American, possibly European
Credit line Gift of Mrs. Frank Adams
Exhibit Label Though called a “nightcap,” this cap could actually be worn for any indoor, informal setting no matter the time of day. This was considered a casual alternative to the powdered wigs popular in 18th century Western dress. Even though the style was casual, the craftsmanship is anything but simple. Likely professionally embroidered, fine stitches create fanciful flowers, berries and swirling designs. When studied and practiced, the same stitches that can be seen in a sampler can be utilized for intricate and vibrant decoration.
Medium Linen/Embroidery Floss/Yarn
Height (in) 8
Length (in) 11
Width (in) 9
Currently on view No
Subjects Hat
Cap
Nightcap
Embroidery
Flowers
Yarn