Vintage early 1920s peach silk boudoir cap is “striped” throughout with bands of cream insertion lace. Gently poufed at the sides to accommodate one’s hair, the flat-crowned cap gathers in to a face-framing flounce, sweetly accented in front by 2 cream silk ribbon florets. The lace insertions feature a hexagonal, Bucks Point-like ground and geometric center pattern.
Boudoir caps in luxurious fabrics like silk and lace became an essential component of morning toilette in the early 1910s, as simpler housedresses gave way to more extravagant peignoirs and negligees. As a 1912 article explained, the caps were a boon to the “many women who do not find it convenient to dress their hair carefully when arising,” allowing them to “cover their head and yet look well until a little later in the day, when the proper attention can be given to their crowning glory.”
They flattered everyone, from busy housewives to convalescents and invalids, to women with fine or thinning hair who couldn’t simply “knot it up into a graceful but untidy chignon, and look even better than when her coiffure is neat.” As bobbed hair came into vogue, so did boudoir caps shaped like this one, closer to the head but for a frame of curls peeking out.
Both homemade and store-bought, these confections for the head were hugely popular as gifts. Photo #10 shows an 1922 ad illustration for a selection of boudoir caps.
The measurements of this example—which has no label other than a cloth museum inventory tag-- are 10 ½” in diameter, 4 ½” depth, and 23” around the inner band at the base of the crown.
This lovely boudoir cap is in excellent condition with no flaws to note.
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