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