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Woman's White Cotton Cap, High Crown

ca. 1825
Origin: New England, New Hampshire
OL: 9"
Cotton tabby with embroidery trim
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Carey
Acc. No. 1990-192
Woman's cap of white tabby cotton trimmed with white embroidered insertion extending front to back in two rows at top of forehead and around the full high crown. Cap cut with ruffled band shaped to surround face, extending down over ears, and around to back neck. Gathered fabric forms a high, puffed crown. Self fabric ties under chin.
Label:According to family tradition, the cap was worn by one of two sisters, either Hepsibah Melendy or Sarah Melendy, both of Amherst, New Hampshire. Mature women typically wore caps that covered more of their hair than those worn by younger women. The tall puffy crown of this cap is shaped for hair worn in a bun on the top of the head, a fashionable hairstyle in the 1820s.
Provenance:Worn by one of two sisters living in Amherst, NH, Hepsibah Melendy (1791-1887) or Sarah Melendy ( 1792-1883).