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Infant’s cap belonging to Mather Byles

Infant’s cap belonging to Mather Byles Cotton
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This christening cap is said to have been worn by Mather Byles (1707-1788) at his baptism in 1706. The skull cap with v-shaped edge over the forehead is constructed in three sections of cotton plain weave lining under finer cotton plain weave outer fabric. Quilted with cotton thread, each section has centered 8-petaled flower with stem and leaves at each front edge and parallel lines quilted around them; each is bound around the exterior with same cotton as the lining.