A bedtime favourite
A Nightcap is a warm cloth cap worn in bed with a nightgown or pyjamas. They were common in northern Europe before central heating and good insulation was available and homes were cold at night.
Men’s nightcaps were traditionally pointed, with a long top and tassle. It could be used to keep the neck warm rather like a scarf.
Women’s night caps usually consisted of a long piece of cloth wrapped around the head.
Famous Nightcap wearers
- Wee Willie Winky
- Ebenezer Scrooge
- Groucho Marx