Cap a pellicia

Cap (toque), early 20th century, I-Sardinia. MC-Monaco, Musée Océanographique, No. 97 5844 (MS Inventory 4)

Sea-silk fur a pelliccia, from purified beards of sea-silk sewn on a light beige woven fabric (linen?), two-ply stitched with reddish-brown cotton yarn, textile lining: brown twill, quilted (presumably new), edge height of 8.5 cm (envelope), diameter = 20 cm, traces of use at the marginal edge


For the inauguration of the new Oceanographic Museum in Monaco in 1910, Prof. Jules Richard, director of the museum until 1945, asked Giuseppe Basso Arnoux for items from sea-silk. This cap was then bought by the museum for 100 francs - together with other objects (including bag, pendant, cord). The scientists present were impressed by the unique collection: «...dove destò la più viva ammirazione e l'entusiasmo degli scienziati, per la sottigliezze straordinaria e la delicata morbidezza dei magnifici esemplari tosto acquistati dal Museo stesso, come raccolta veramente unica.»


Other sources: Basso-Arnoux 1916, Zanetti 1964, Bardini Barbafiera 1994, Carta Mantiglia 1997, McKinley 1998, Doumenge 2000



Cap a pellicia
Cap (toque), early 20th c., I-Sardinia. MC-Monaco, Musée Océanographique, No. 97 5844 (MS Inventory 4)