A rare, early-17th century, child's embroidered bonnet
The coral, silk damask ground embroidered with gold threadwork highlighting the design.
A profusion of elaborate gold lace work, including gold plate, applied to the bonnet. Conserved. Probably Flemish, first half of the 17th century.
This is a rare piece of early costume which has survived in remarkable condition. It is made from the richest materials and both beautifully and opulently worked. Indoor caps like this were called coifs, and often worn until girls neared their teens. They were shaped like a baby's bonnet and usually made of linen and either edged with lace or gaily embroidered with flowers, fruit, worms, flies and little birds on scroll-like stems, the lined ground being studded with glistening pearls and sequins.
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