Man's Embroidered Cap

Artist/maker unknown, French or Italian

Made in France, Europe
or made in Italy, Europe

Late 17th - early 18th century

Yellow silk faille with silk and metal-wrapped thread embroidery in satin and stem/outline stitches and French knots; metal-wrapped thread braid and tassel

Panel (Max Height): 7 3/4 inches (19.7 cm) Each Panel (Width): 5 1/2 inches (14 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. William D. Frishmuth, 1909

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Men's practice of covering their heads indoors became even more common during the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when fashionable men shaved their hair and wore wigs. Relaxing at home, a man might replace his coat with a loose gown and wear a cap like this gold embroidered one. It is constructed in a typical manner with four sections and a turned-up brim and the embroidery includes charming flowers, meandering arabesques, and flaming hearts.