Men’s smoking cap

Made in Australia, Oceania, c.1860.

This object is part of the Royal Australian Historical Society (RAHS) collection which was donated to the Powerhouse Museum in 1981. The Society was formed in 1901 and is the oldest historical society in Australia. As a result many of the objects they collected are of great significance to Australia and to New South Wales. Some are associated with people and families like the Marsdens, Henry Parkes, Mawson, and John Verge. Others like the convict handcuffs and the Ben Hall ‘Wanted’ poster aresig...


Black velvet smoking cap with flat crown decorated by a button covered in silk thread and a tassle in pale blue, cream and orange thread. The exterior of the cap is silk embroidered with cream and tan floral motifs on the crown and sides. The interior of the cap is lined in dark red cotton.


75 mm
590 mm


This cap was made c.1860.


This cap was acquired by the Museum as part of the Royal Australian Historical Society Collection in 1981 (RAHS #338). It was displayed in the Mint Museum on Macquarie Street in the late 1980's.

The cap belonged to a relative of Mrs Val Sheehan, perhaps her great great grandfather.


Gift of the Royal Australian Historical Society, 1981
11 September, 1981

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Men's smoking cap 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 November 2017, <>
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