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More information about the "mob cap"
in pattern KK-6602, view B.

This style cap dates quite early in the 1700s, but also is used well into the early 1800s. It is especially flattering for "older" women, because it covers the fullness of the chin that seems to come with aging. It is also very nice for cool weather, or damp air.

This pattern is designed after several originals, as well as portraits of women of the period. One portrait that depicts a cap that is particularly similar, and shows the detail, is the portrait painted by Charles Willson Peale of his wife Hannah Moore Peale, 1816. See below.

The following images are of a reproduction of these caps, made by Kathleen Kannik. The cap is made of cotton organdy, similar to the original fabric, and has fine cotton drawstrings, which are called "runners".


Mob cap - full view


Mob cap - front view


Mob cap - runners


Mob cap - runners, detail

These photos show the mob cap as it is worn by a living history character (in modern dress). Be sure to use real silk ribbon, or a rayon/cotton grosgrain substitute, so that it will stay tied. The ribbon shown is too wide for this application (it was the only ribbon handy during this spontaneous photo shoot) - it should generally be narrow, such as 1/2 inch wide. However, use your own judgment, based on contemporary images of the ways that similar mob caps are worn. The alternative is to use narrow cotton or linen tapes as ties.

Left: Hannah Moore Peale, painted by her husband, Charles Willson Peale, in 1816.
Click on the image for a larger view.
Note the runners on the top of the cap, and the very narrow tape ties.

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