Christening Cap

This intricate handmade lace baby cap dates from the turn of the 20th century and was probably worn for a baby's christening. The baptism of newborns is both a religious and a social ceremony, strengthening ties among members of a community. Compadrazgo, the special relationship between parents and godparents, is a valued tradition in Puerto Rico and Latin America.
Description (Spanish)
Este intrincado gorro de bebé de encaje data de principios del siglo XX y es probable que se haya utilizado para el bautismo del niño. La ceremonia de bautismo de los recién nacidos tiene una importancia tanto religiosa como social, dado que permite estrechar vínculos entre los miembros de una comunidad. El Compadrazgo, la relación especial entre padres y padrinos, es una tradición importante en Puerto Rico y América Latina.
Currently not on view
Date made
late 19th century
Place Made
Puerto Rico
Physical Description
linen/cotton (overall material)
overall: 17 cm x 14 cm; 6 11/16 in x 5 1/2 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal
Daily Life
Puerto Rico
Sewing and Knitting
See more items in
Home and Community Life: Ethnic
Cultures & Communities
Data Source
National Museum of American History


Add a comment about this object