Carrying cape, baby's; [?]; c1850; CT77.244
Carrying cape, baby'sAbout 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.
processed material, textile, wool;
processed material, textile, calico;
processed material, textile, cotton
h 900mm (centre back neck to hem)Subject and Association Keywords
From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika, The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey".Object Type