Monmouth Cap

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About This Object
The remains of a knitted cap. Since HMS Invincible was lost in 1758, this would almost certainly have been knitted by hand rather than machine. Close scrutiny shows a striped pattern and a pom-pom on top. Its present colour is unlikely to represent its original hues and is the result of many years in a marine environment. It is thought to be a Monmouth cap -a knitted, close fitting hat that was traditionally made in the Monmouth area after the medieval period. During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries the style became particularly associated with use in the army and navy. The cold and damp conditions aboard a sailing ship, together with depictions of shipboard life that were drawn or painted at that time, would indicate that warm headwear was part of the sailors’ everyday costume.
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Height: 245mm
Width: 200mm
Depth: 10mm (3/8")
Production Date
Pre 1758
Production Period
Eighteenth Century