[HNW] Boleyn coif was Consulting the collective: coifs

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Wed Apr 15 15:49:28 PDT 2009

The guide in the room where it was located at Hever
said that they thought it was Anne Boleyn's work and certainly it's framed
with a label identifying it as her work, but of course the question would be
what's the actual provenance of the piece. Who owned it for the
past four and a half centuries? Has it always been at Hever?
We couldn't find out while we were there.

It's certainly an interesting piece and I am glad to have found a photo 
of it.


Catherine Kinsey wrote:
> Ooooo, a new one!  Thanks for posting.
> I find it very interesting that they think Anne Boleyn worked this.  I 
> know the Italian coif mentioned previously was from the first qrtr of 
> the 16th C but I haven't seen any others in England, especially with a 
> matching forehead cloth, dated early enough to have been AB's work. 
> I have found where probably she had made a shirt for Henry VIII that 
> is listed in the 1533/4 gift roll, possibly even with blackwork.  
> Hmmm, trying to compete with Catherine????
> Catherine
>   :)
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
> I am just back from England and here's another one worth mentioning.
> Not European but interesting:
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/8561740@N08/2209263865/
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/8561740@N08/2209263865/sizes/o/
> This coif is now at Hever Castle where we saw it on April 6th and of
> course there was no photography.
> I finally located it this am on flickr.
> It's identified as "Coif and head piece worked by Anne Boleyn."
> They don't have a date for it and quote unquote they think it's her work.
> Johnnae llyn Lewis
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