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Cap gathered at top with straight insertion band embroidered with flowers, fluted ruffle around entire edge, draw string at neck, one tie at chin (missing opposite tie); insertion band embroidered with floral sprays in satin, button hole, and stem stitching, insertion stitches in blossom...

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Written in black ink at back of neck: "Caira Robbins/ N. 12"


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, second quarter of the 19th century

Place of Manufacture

Massachusetts, United States

Place of Use

Lexington, Massachusetts, Untied States


25 x 27.5 cm (9 13/16 x 10 13/16 in.)measured flat on side for storage

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Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave with cotton embroidery


Textiles and Fashion Arts