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Object Name: cap & nightcap

Place of Creation: Europe, United Kingdom, England
Date: 1600-1625

Accession Number: 1971.50
Image Copyright: ©Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Manchester City Galleries

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • linen
  • embroidering

White linen, embroidered mainly in silver and silver gilt thread, with pink, green and gold silk thread in a variety of looped chain and interlaced stitches and couchings.
Design of phoenix with flames of gold and silver enclosed in scrolls forming shield shape from base of two stems which extend outside it to top of cap, with oak leaves, green and silver gilt, and acorns silver and silver gilt and gold silk, floral; sprays, flowers pink and silver gilt from base of shield and outside it, obelisk/pyramid shape with cresent above, at top; body of phoenix worked in separate fabric from ground: design repeated on smaller scale on border, obelisk between sprays, alternating with phoenix, row of double chain stitch at top of borderedge of cap. Linen in one piece with one seam curving to crown sewn after embroidering ; top cut in four triangular sections seamed to shape beneath row of double chain stitch, design repeated for each section, embroidered band (6cm) at base, with spangled silver and silver-gilt bobbin lace sewn on at top: pink silk ( pink warp, white weft) lining seamed as cap, darted and slightly gathered to circular crown section, sewn to cap at lower edge; linen lining between shaped as cap, sewn on at lower edge and caught at crown.

From the Seton family in Berwickshire (passed to the Hays family of Duns Castle after the sale at Seton Castle in 1706)


Type: Height
Height: 20 cm