[HNW] help with Carew Pole Men's Nightcap (in color) for Julie
sirensong13 at yahoo.com
Tue Feb 13 23:47:47 PST 2007
Thanks for the extra information. I enjoy tidbits :) I had always heard "robes" in history called dressing gowns as apposed to nightgowns. I wonder when the "definitions" transitioned.
Chris Laning <claning at igc.org> wrote: I think the term "nightcap" in the 16th century might be somewhat
misleading to modern people, as I know the term "nightgown" is. IIRC,
in the 16th century a "nightgown" was more like what we would call a
bathrobe -- not necessarily something you wore IN bed, but for
lounging around the house in "undressed" casual mode. (I know this
because it's what a servant would bring for her mistress to put on
when she gets out of bed in the morning.)
Clearly some "nightcaps" were worn in bed, because one contemporary
writer cautions his readers not to wear quilted ones because they
keep the head too warm, which he thinks is unhealthy. But my guess
would be that the elaborately embroidered and spangled ones might be
more likely worn as "lounging caps".
O Chris Laning - Davis, California
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