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17th cent. silk gown found in Dutch shipwreck

A 17th century silk dress found buried in sand by divers in the Wadden Sea is one of the most significant maritime finds ever made, experts said on Thursday.

17th cent. silk gown found in Dutch shipwreck
Silk damask gown from 17th century shipwreck on display at Kaap Skil Museum 
[Credit: Kaap Skil Museum]
The dress, other items of clothing and day-to-day artifacts such as a comb, books and a pomander, were found by divers in the wreck of a ship near the island of Texel.

17th cent. silk gown found in Dutch shipwreck
Detail of damask silk gown [Credit: Kaap Skil Museum]
The dress, which experts say was probably owned by a noblewoman, if not royalty, is in remarkably good condition, which is very rare for a dress of its age.

17th cent. silk gown found in Dutch shipwreck
Silk knee socks [Credit: Kaap Skil Museum]
The dress has gone on show for a month at the Kaap Skil maritime and beachcombers museum on the island.

17th cent. silk gown found in Dutch shipwreck
Leather book cover stamped in gold with Charles I's coat of arms 
[Credit: Kaap Skil Museum]
Made of silk damask with a pattern of flowers, the dress was probably for everyday use because it does not have silver or gold embroidery, the museum said in a press release.

17th cent. silk gown found in Dutch shipwreck
Red velvet pouch embroidered with silver thread 
[Credit: Kaap Skil Museum]
Other items of clothing found under the sand were richly embroidered. All the clothing is a similar size, indicating it belonged to the same woman.

17th cent. silk gown found in Dutch shipwreck
Cow horn lice comb found inside the pouch 
[Credit: Kaap Skil Museum]
A leather book cover also found in the wreck carries the coat of arms of the British king Charles 1.

17th cent. silk gown found in Dutch shipwreck
Italian pottery [Credit: Kaap Skil Museum]
‘This is direct evidence that at least part of the cargo belonged to the English royal family, the Stuarts,’ the museum said.  ‘Given the richness of the rest of the cargo, this is not entirely impossible.’


The gown and other treasures are now on display at the Kaap Skil Museum on Texel.

Source: Dutch News [April 14, 2016]
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