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Woman's coif: T.2-1940

Object information

Current Location: In storage






Linen, worked with coloured silk, silver and gilt thread in chain, detached buttonhole, ladder, seeding, etc. stitches.
Covered by a design of coiling stems bearing stylised flowers (rose, foxgloves, etc.), leaves and tendrils, and two butterflies. Original seam across top, woven boss of metal thread above gathers; front edged with gilt bobbin lace, back with buttonhole loops.

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Miss Grace Clarke Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 6.75 in
Width: 8.75 in

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1940-05) by Clarke, Grace F., Miss


Late 16th Century
Circa 1575 CE - Circa 1599 CE

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Identification numbers

Accession number: T.2-1940
Primary reference Number: 197672
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Audit data

Created: Thursday 27 February 2014 Updated: Tuesday 17 October 2017 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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