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

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.
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)

More information

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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