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White check (or nainsook) cap, puffed panel at crown, long earflaps, cartridge pleated ruffle around face and neck, white check chin ties, insertion at back with three floral motifs embroidered in satin stitch with lace inserts, written in black ink at back: Caira Robbins, No. 15


Written in black ink at back: Caira Robbins, No. 15


Worn by donor's great-aunt Caira Robbins (1794-1881); Inherited by Ellen A. Stone; Gift to MFA, 1899

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Ellen A. Stone

American, 1820s

Place of Manufacture

Massachusetts, United States

Place of Use

Lexington, Massachusetts, United States


Overall: 33.7 x 19.7 x 23 cm (13 1/4 x 7 3/4 x 9 1/16 in.) Other (ties): 23 x 2 cm (9 1/16 x 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Plain weave check cotton (paired warp and weft every 8 pics), plain weave cotton trim and insertion, cotton embroidery and lace


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