A Regency Era Cap (Possibly)

In a moment of pure madness, I included this cap in my recent eBay listings. I may regret this later. If it doesn’t sell, I will happily tuck it back into my collection. (If you’re reading this later, it’s most likely not available).

The thing is, I can’t for the life of me remember if I acquired this particular one as a teenager in France in an antique store in Tours, or if I purchased this off of EBay. If it *was* Tours, it’s very likely folk dress, as I remember there being a basket full of them and I picked out one.

But if it was eBay, I believe this may actually be antique Regency era. The cotton is the softest, finest cotton. It really must be “muslin” (or the European derivate of the famous fabric)

See how incredibly sheer it is, and how fine the threads.

It is entirely hand sewn and is hand embroidered. It was certainly made with great care.

The tails were shortened sometime during their life, most likely due to damage.

Here’s some more images so I can refer back to them at some point and make my own recreation, since this is much too delicate to wear.

Very fine cording seen here at the seams.

I originally had thought to make cap patterns, but there are now exceptionally good cap late 18th century cap patterns by pattern makers I admire (such as Virgil’s Fine Goods), who are much better versed in this period’s intricates than I am.

I do believe this cap may be later, however. I’d guess the first part of the 19th century through early Victorian, if it is not folk dress.

The longer I type, the more likely I am to make a pattern for myself, at least!

If anyone knows more I’d be interested in knowing. I’d be perfectly happy to tuck it back into my antique stash.

4 Comments on A Regency Era Cap (Possibly)

  1. Nicole
    June 18, 2024 at 8:04 pm (1 month ago)

    Beautifully fine workmanship I agree!

    • Lauren
      June 25, 2024 at 8:48 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Thank you! It’s amazing how tiny the stitching is!

  2. Maryanne (MrsC)
    June 19, 2024 at 2:56 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Oh so interesting I am about to make some for a production of Sense and Sensibility and doesn’t this shape look Regency! Most caps I’ve seen either have those wings, a hang over from the earlier fashion, or a narrower band and fuller back with a big frill around the face, but this lil gal is so pared back, which is VERY Regency. Love it, please do take a pattern! I’d love to see what you make of it.Sadly while I got to make a silk organza cap for the last JA show, this time we’re using fabric, though I have advised against the dangers of Holly Hobby Syndrome!

    • Lauren
      June 25, 2024 at 8:48 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Oh your project sounds so fun!! Luckily for me the cap didn’t sell so I’m very happy tucking it back into my stash. Especially since I found the French one that I mistook this for! I’m fairly certain now that this is original to the period.


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