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Cap, Smoking


Cotton twill men's smoking cap with printed pink and green floral pattern. Cap is topped with a black silk fringe tassel. This cap was worn by Charles Elias Wethered (1807-1888), a Quaker and Baltimore merchant. He was the son of Lewin Wethered (1778-1863) and Elizabeth Ellicott (1787-1862). Beyond his occupation, he was a director of the Bank of Baltimore, on the Board of Trade, and a founding trustee for the "Institute for the Education of the Deaf and Dumb and the Blind Colored Children of the State of Maryland" (established 1872). In 1836, he married Elizabeth "Eliza" Bathurst (1820- ).



circa 1880


Cotton, silk

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Gift of the Misses Dobbin

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