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Woman's Cap, tamboured cotton

1812-1840
Origin: New England, worn in Connecticut
19" AROUND FACE
White cotton, tamboured
Gift of the Reverend Mrs. Mary Louise Howson
Acc. No. 1989-60
Woman's cap of sheer white cotton, chain-stitch embroidered (probably using tambour frame) with evenly-spaced leaves and a vine of flowers with openwork centers edging the crown. Main body of cap is cut in two pieces: a shaped piece around face, over the ears, and around to the lower back of head and a second piece forming the crown at back of head, shaped to curve over head with star-shaped darts radiating from center back. The darts are covered with tambouring. Ruffle all around cap is plain white fabric, edged with bobbin lace.
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.