Museum of London

Knitted 16th Century Cap Collection


The knitted 16th century cap collection of the Museum of London is now online. The 73 caps, coifs, cap fragments, linings and earpieces have been newly photographed, with captions containing contextual and technical information. All the pieces will have their full captions in the next two weeks (Apologies for any cross-postings).

The caps and their parts are of a large group of material excavated from damp sites around London by workmen in the early 20th century. They represent an insight into everyday urban clothing and a high level of technical skill in their knitted, fulled and napped construction. Caps of this style are in collections across Europe and North America and we receive a lot of interest about this part of the collection, so we are pleased to make a large group available to the wider research community.

To browse the caps, please go to the Collections Online site and enter ‘cap' in the Keyword field with the date range 1500-1600 in the search fields.

Many thanks to all the researchers who have contributed to this project, especially Jane Malcolm-Davies of The Tudor Tailor.