Men's cap

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Date:1630 - 1639 (c.)

Description:Red silk embroidered undress cap with gold and silver threadwork. Formed from gores of dark red satin and densely embroidered overall in raised golden silk threads with coiling flowers and foliage, spangled with silver sequins, edged with gold and silver bobbin lace and woven braid. Lined with a dark red silk. Originally owned by Charles I, it belonged to the Bagot family of Blithfield Hall.

It had been given to the family of Colonel William Salisbury, a Royalist supporter, by Charles II following the Restoration. In 1646 Charles I was imprisoned by the Scots in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Salisbury was holding Denbigh Castle agaianst the Parliamentarians. After a lengthy siege Charles sent instructions to Denbigh to surrender; the instructions were carried verbally by messengers with a covering letter (the original of which is now in Staffordshire Record Office). Colonel Salisbury died before the Restoration, but he and his family were rewarded by the gift of a cap belonging to Charles I and several gold sovereigns. In 1670 the Salisbury heiress married Sir Walter Bagot, bringing the family heirlooms as part of her dowry.

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Donor ref:67.087.0001 (37/42262)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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