early 17th century
Linen, embroidered with silver-gilt, silver and silk thread, trimmed with silver-gilt bobbin lace
Museum no. 2016-1899
This early 17th-century gentleman’s nightcap illustrates the range of embroidery stitches that a domestic needleworker might be expected to know. The cap is made of linen embroidered with silver, silver-gilt and silk thread in detached buttonhole, plaited braid, satin, chain and speckling stitches. It has couched work, knots and spangles and is trimmed with silver-gilt bobbin lace.