Carrying cape, baby's; [?]; c1850; CT77.244


Carrying cape, baby's

About this object

Carrying cape, baby's; a two-tier carrying cape or cloak of fawn twill [wool?] trimmed with quilted blue non-spun fibre [wool?] and blue tassels. The cape is fully lined with fine calico and has a ribbon tie at the neck.

According to Clare Rose, author of 'Children's Clothes' (1989), carrying capes were used when taking the baby outside for its airing and would show up well when draped over the nurse's arms. Instructions on how to make patterns out of newspaper could be found in 'Cassell's Household Guide' first published in 1868.



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Medium and Materials

processed material, textile, wool;
processed material, textile, calico;
processed material, textile, cotton


h 900mm (centre back neck to hem)

Subject and Association Keywords

manners and customs, costume. dress. fashion

Subject and Association Keywords

technology, handicrafts, dressmaking

Subject and Association Keywords

technology, handicrafts, homecrafts

Credit Line

From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika, The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey".

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