18th Century Pudding Caps

See also infants’ caps.

  • Colonial Williamsburg 1971-1383,1-2, France, c. 1730-1750
  • Child’s silk velvet pudding, France
  • MFA 38.1324, France, damask padded cap
  • Met C.I.39.54.4, Switzerland
  • Manc 1980.198/2, c. 1750-1770; “Very badly degraded pale blue figured silk with silver thread embroidery and silver lace. Cap on foundation of soft thick paper pleated and tacked with large stitches into shape. Front edge of cap is wired to shape. Cap is lined with a coarsely woven brushed cotton. Cap is covered with blue silk (very degraded) outlined in bobbin lace. Each section has silver embroidery in design of palmettes and foliage, with some silver spangles. Silver embroidery is padded with vellum.
    Circlet headband, padded with soft yellowish fibres, lined with ivory silk over a paper foundation. Outside of band covered with silk damask, with silver thread floral embroidery fore and aft. Ear pieces have silver embroidery and unravelled silver lace. Each side has cut end of ivory silk ribbon, presumably a chin tie.”
  • GNM T2833, silk with metal thread and linen lining, reinforced with paper, c. 1770
  • Colonial Williamsburg 1952-55, England, c. 1770-1785; “Quilted cotton velvet bound with silk ribbon, horsehair stuffing, leather lining”
  • V&A B.81-1995, Britain, c. 1775-1800; “The ‘pudding’ consists of a sausage-like horseshoe-shaped roll of glazed pink cotton, which has a padded white linen inner stiffened with wire and card, and a black petersham ribbon tying string at each end. Four lightly padded triangular flaps of self fabric, stiffened with card, are attached to the roll at regular intervals (partly covering the crown of the head), two of them fastening together over the head with tying strings of broad black silk ribbon. The edges of the triangular flaps and the top seam-line of the roll are all edged with narrow black velvet ribbon.” Further description at Museum of Childhood.
  • Met 2009.300.1453, 1st quarter of the 19th century

Depictions of pudding caps on 18th century children