The Coifs of Agecroft Hall

In our collection here at Agecroft Hall, we have three coifs. A coif is a woman’s headpiece that was worn with semi-formal dress, when elaborate hair dressing or a wig was not required, such as at a reception in the home, or for receiving guests while confined to bed. Read more about our three unique coifs below. This lady’s coif (photo above) is an example of the fine domestic embroidery so highly treasured during the Tudor and Stuart periods. Caps and coifs were worn prior to this time period but were not so elaborately decorated until the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Although this piece appears to be an example of English black-work, this coif was once brightly colored—the natural

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