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Civil War Ladies Caps

Ladies in the Civil War era often wore caps - around the house and occasionally when going out visiting or to church. Some were simple, plain lace caps. Others were highly decorated with ribbons and flowers. It was a good way to protect your hair and a chance to show off your handworking abilities.
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Cap; square, of black dotted net; trimmed on edges with pleated bright pink silk ribbon with narrow black velvet ribbon holding pleated ribbon in position; rosettes, of pink ribbon and black velvet ribbon, on two diagonally opposite corners; double flounce of narrow bobbin lace around outer edges; narrow black elastic attached to front point; designed to be worn around bun of hair.



1850s finely hand-embroidered fancy tulle day cap, trimmed in ruffled Mechlin lace. Adjustable twill tape drawstring at the back.


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Evening headdress Date: ca. 1855 Culture: American Medium: Silk, metal, beads Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Robert G. Olmsted and Constable MacCracken, 1969


Evening headdress | American | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

LACMA Collections Online; English woman's bonnet (fanchon), c. 1860; linen net with lace, silk-velt ribbon, faux pearl glass beads; overall: 14-3/4 x 11-1/2 x 8 inches


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1850-1875 American Cap at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - This cap was made by layering black, patterned and white net, thus creating varying shades of grey.


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1862 hand-tinted color in-text wood engraving of several accessories for the fashionable Victorian lady: Figs. 1 & 2 the Almira headdress (front and back view); Fig. 3 the Fauchon cap; and Fig. 4 a breakfast cap made of white muslin, trimmed with lace and ribbon.


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Pretty Civil War Era Ladys Lace Head Dress | eBay

back view - Fine Original c1850's Lady's Fancy Tulle Head Dress | eBay seller time-travelers, de-accessioned from a public museum;


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