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Cap - Padded, Cotton & Kapok, circa 1900 Object Reg. No: SH 850293

Summary:
Alternative Name(s): Hat, Helmet

Cotton cap padded with kapok used in a mental health hospital in Victoria, Australia, circa 1900. Padded caps were used by patients to minimise head injuries, particularly when they experienced epileptic seizures.
Description:
Double layered cap made with strong cotton as outer lining and wool as inner lining; kapok for padding and cotton strap band on top and both sides. Rougly repaired (?) with black machine stitch around lower edge.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 11.00 cm (Width), 26.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: headwear, psychiatric hospitals, making history - psych services
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Institutions of the Past, Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Clinical
Tertiary Classification: restraints
Place & Date Used: Victoria, Australia, circa 1900
References: oral history.

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