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Woman's cap , cotton needlework

1800-1820
Origin: Virginia
H: 8 3/4"; D: 9".
Cotton needlework on cotton
Bequest of Miss Martha B. D. Spotswood
Acc. No. 1981-128
Woman's cap of fine white cotton embroidered with knots spaced at even intervals to form dots. A flat shaped band surrounds the face and continues at lower back of head. Oval crown is gathered and stitched to the shaped band. A gathered band is inset into the shaped band, possibly positioned at the forehead when worn.
Provenance:According to tradition, the cap was worn by Catharine Brooke Francesco (1762-1821), wife of Peter Francesco (1760-1831). She was the daughter of Robert and Mary Fauntleroy Brooke of "Brooke Bank" or "Brookesby" (Essex County, Virginia).