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Nurse's Cap

c. 1950

Starched white cotton short nurse's cap, with curved, turned up flap at the front. When flat, the cap is almost oblong in shape. One long edge is gently curved. The other long edge has u-shaped cut-outs on either end which give it a winged appearance.

The cap has three buttonholes on one long edge, one at either end on the point of each 'wing', and one at the centre back. The outer wings were fastened at the centre back with a shaft button and pin. This transformed the flat cap to a three-dimensional shape that perched on the nurse's head, secured to the hair with bobby pins.



Registration number
460 mm
Height or length
260 mm
4 mm
Inscriptions and markings

The cap is labelled 'N. M. Yelverton' in fine black handwriting.

Contextual Information

The cap is one of four nurse's caps in the collection owned by Netta Yelverton who nursed at Royal Perth Hospital in 1950.

Place made
c. 1950
Statement of significance

The cap has social and historical significance. It is representative of nurse's uniforms worn at Royal Perth Hospital in the 1950s. It illustrates changes in fashion and the move to increasingly utilitarian uniforms. It is in excellent condition and it is well provenanced.

Primary significance criteria
Artistic or aesthetic significance
Historic significance
Social or spiritual significance
Comparative significance criteria
Interpretive capacity
Object’s condition or completeness
Rare or representative
Well provenanced
Royal Perth Hospital Museum

Royal Perth Hospital Museum

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White cotton short nurse's cap, back view
White cotton short nurse's cap, side view
White cotton short nurse's cap, front view

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