Infant's christening cap - ROM2008_9891_4

ROM2008_9891_4

Infant's christening cap

Maker: Flemish
Medium:Linen tabby with needle and bobbin lace, embroidery and smocking
Geography: Made in Flanders (region), Belgium or England
Date: 1650-1670
Period: Baroque
Dimensions:
16 x 72 x 6.5 cm
Object number: 983.115.1
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Josephine Lazarski and Mr. Stephen Watkins
Not on view
DescriptionThis infant's cap with stayband was likely part of a set of christening clothes. There is cutwork and whitework embroidery on sides of cap and middle third of band. The cap is gathered at the top of the head with fine white stitching in half circle pattern and straight gathering at neck. The long ties, called staybands, would have been wrapped and pinned in place. It is beautifully worked in a variety of needle and bobbin lace techniques that were in high fashion in the 17th century. These include cutwork and whitework in the linen ground, inset with Antwerp bobbin, Flemish reticella style worked in, and smocking.
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