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Cap, embroidery with lace

1797-1810
Origin: New England, worn in Connecticut
20" around face area, excluding 8 1/2" ties.
White sheer cotton, cotton chain stitch embroidery, cotton mesh lace embellished with linen
Gift of the Reverend Mrs. Mary Louise Howson
Acc. No. 1989-59
White cap of sheer plain-woven cotton embroidered in chain stitches with evenly-spaced dots and floral sprigs. The wide band around the face is gathered into narrow band edged with narrow lace; this wide gathered band is attached to another gathered band, using lace as joining insertion running down center back. Self-fabric ties are edged with lace. Lace consists of cotton mesh darned in decorative patterns with heavier linen thread.
Provenance:Found in 1987 in the costume room of the First Congregational Church, Danbury, Ct., where an active theater group had been using the room; sold in church bazaar in November of 1987.