Gentleman's nightcap


Nightcap, c. 1600-1625. Man's nightcap of white/cream linen, embroidered with coloured silks, silver and silver-gilt thread in detached buttonhole, herringbone, speckling, chain and plaited braid stitches and knots. The cap is cut from a single piece of linen with four shaped quarters and a turned up brim; each quarter contains a composite plant of rose, borage, pansy and strawberry enclosed within a coiling stem; small scale versions of the same plant decorate the brim. Linen lining.

  • Measurements

  • Width

    230 mm

  • Height

    265 mm

  • Place made

    United Kingdom - England

  • Credit line

    CC-BY-NC-ND Image Courtesy of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

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