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  • This catalogue lists the type of clothing and equipment which would have been required by apprentices on board the HMS Conway.
The Liverpool Sailors' Home, Apprentices' Outfit List [image 1 of 4]
  • 'Falling Stars' is made of Viscose twisted with 18 carat gold lurex thread, decorated with 18 carat gold foiled hand cut discs, and sequins. It was produced for the Spring / Summer collection 2000, and has been worn by Kate Moss, Kylie Minogue and Joely Richardson.
'Falling Stars', by Julien Macdonald
  • This red wool scarf was woven at the Gwenffrwd Factory and presented to John Jenkins of the Boat House, Llanover in 1889. It is one of the scarves which were presented to the Church Sunday School scholars by Augusta Hall (Lady Llanover, 1802-96).
Red wool scarf, presented by Lady Llanover to Church Sunday School scholars, 1889
  • Lady Llanover presented these items of clothing to the residents of Llanover, Llanellen, Goytre and Mamhilad in 1879.  Among the items listed are shirts (crysau), petticoats (pais), handkerchiefs (neisiad), aprons (ffedog), gowns (gwn), sheets (cynfasau) and coverlets (cwrlid).
Extract from a list of tenants who received 'traditional Welsh costumes' from Lady Llanover, 1879 [page 1 of 3]
  • This man's smock was made by Mrs Jenkins of Little Blackhill Farm, Craswell.
19th century farmer's smock, Llanveynoe, England
  • There were cap makers in Monmouth in 1449, but the knitted-cap industry in the town flourished under the Tudors. The earliest surviving example of the use of the term 'Monmouth Cap' is in a letter dated 1576. By this time the Monmouth industry was at its height, but other towns had taken up the manufacture, encouraged by legislation protecting the knitted woollen cap industry throughout the sixteenth century. Monmouth caps were essential equipment for seventeenth century soldiers and sailors, although they were no longer made in Monmouth.

Monmouth caps were so familiar and widely used that they were taken for granted. Everyone knew what was meant by a 'Monmouth cap', so there was no need to describe it in writing. We can be sure, from the few references we have, that they were knitted, brown in colour, round in shape, with a 'button' on top.

The hat shown here is believed to be an original Monmouth cap, the only surviving example, dating from the sixteenth century.

Display boards, Nelson Museum & Local History Centre.
Monmouth cap, 16th century