Baby cap: embroidered
overall (flat): 6 1/4 x 5 5/8 x 1/4 in. ( 15.9 x 14.3 x 0.6 cm )
Ecru linen close-fitting lace baby bonnet, overall hand embroidered whitework in shell and laurel leaf motif design centering from crown on drawnwork and bobbin lace net ground; a row of gadrooned oval pattern borders hemmed edges.
This was the baby bonnet of John Pintard (1759-1844), the founder of the New-York Historical Society in 1804. His deep interest in history made him a moving force in the establishment of other cultural institutions, including the Massachusetts Historical Society.
Gift of Mrs. John Mason Brown
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