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1580-1620 linen coif detail (2003.62)

Object Name: coif & forehead cloth

Place of Creation: Europe, United Kingdom, England
Date: 1600-1620

Accession Number: 2003.62/2
Location on Display: Gallery of Costume - 1F - The Needle's Excellency
Image Copyright: © Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Manchester City Galleries

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • linen
  • silk
  • silver thread
  • spangles
  • embroidering

Linen, embroidered in green silk, silver thread and silver spangles;
Coif: one length of material shaped at each end, folded in half and seamed from edges half way to fold at top, hem at lower edge for drawstring; embroidered in circling stems enclosing leaves, flowers and fruit such as grapes, pears, pea pods, pomegranate, columbine (aqueligia) with 2 birds and 2 butterflies on each side; flowers, stems, etc. outlined in silver thread, filled in green silk; embroidery in chain stitch, satin stitch, back stitch, couching and various interlacing stitches.
Forehead cloth: triangular with small tabs at each end of long side, embroidered as coif.


Type: Coif
Height: 24 cm
Width: 21 cm

Type: Forehead cloth
Height: 18
Width: 38