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from Gunnister, Northmavine, Shetland

Postcard of Cap.
© National Museums Scotland


This light brown woollen knitted cap was discovered on a man's body found at Gunnister in Northmavine in Shetland, in the late 17th century. When he died, the man was wearing a coat, jacket, shirt, breeches, cap and stockings.

The cap has been knitted mainly in a stocking stitch pattern - one row plain and one row purl. The turned up brim has a more elaborate pattern.

Some of the possessions found with the man's body were a wooden pail, a horn spoon and a knife handle which all could have been used for preparing and eating food.

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Online ID: 000-100-001-397-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.NA 1041
Date: Late 17th century
Dimensions: 609 mm D
Subject: Costume, etc. (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Shetland, Northmavine, Gunnister
Description: Light brown knitted cap, found at Gunnister, Shetland
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