FEATHER IN YOUR CAP?
Feathers have been used as ornament for centuries. Marie Antoinette (last Queen of France) is quoted as saying, "It is true I am rather taken up with dress; but as to feathers, every one wears them, and it would seem extraordinary if I did not." I am sure she would loved the feather capelet and epaulets that we have discovered in our textile collection. Made of peacock feathers, it was brought to Hatfield Point on a sailing vessel by Captain Solomon Davis, which would make the latter part of the 19th century. We don't know if his wife ever wore the caplet, but if she did she must have felt very elegant in it. It will be part of summer display this year.