Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Mob Cap

Lauren discusses the caps that women and girls always wore in the eighteenth century.
It was typically made of a white gauze or a light muslin fabric, and the edges would curve around the face. Often gathered, with a puffy crown, the edges would be left as ruffles or frill. The tyre or tire was the string or band used to fasten the cap. This term may have come from the Greek tiara or french tirant (purse/boot string). The sides of the cap were left to fall down along the side of the face, and it could be tied under the chin. Another option was to put a straw hat on top of the cap, which could be decorated with feathers, flowers etc.

The overall effect of the cap, especially if it were very ruffled, was a soft look about the face. The sides were usually left down and covered much of the face. Believe it or not, these masking qualities left it quite desirable with women who were "conservative or plain." This appeal of the cap kept it popular for many years.


Enbrethiliel said...


How charming! I think even the priest in my parish who makes women take off their hats in church would let me get away with a mob cap! =)

Julygirl said...

It sure would be a blessing when someone is having a bad hair day.

elena maria vidal said...

Yes, indeed, E. BTW, let me know when your book arrives.

Yes, Julygirl, I have often thought of that.....

Brantigny said...

It seems that there were subtle differences between French and English types. The enlish being more round and the french having a "scoop" in the front.