from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cap or head-dress formerly worn by elderly women, formed like two crescents conjoined, and, by means of wire, made to stand out from the cushion on which the hair was dressed. Its name seems to come from the resemblance of its sides to wings.
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Of this I was by no means certain, but could, of course, make no rejoinder; and Her Majesty's face, beneath her becoming fly-cap, beamed with a true benevolence as she pronounced these words.
Tigers 'tusks; the Pope's candle; the skeleton of a Guinea-pig; a fly-cap monkey, a piece of the true Cross; the Four Evangelists' heads cut out on a cherry stone; the King of Morocco's tobacco-pipe; Mary Queen of Scots 'pincushion; Queen Elizabeth's prayer-book; a pair of Nun's stockings; Job's ears, which grew on a tree; a frog in a tobacco stopper; and five hundred more odd relics!
Edgeworth Bess wore a scarlet tabby negligée, -- a sort of undress, or sack, then much in vogue, -- which suited her to admiration, and upon her head had what was called a fly-cap, with richly-laced lappets.
The following touch of costume, too, in Sir Peter's description of the rustic dress of Lady Teazle before he married her: -- "You forget when a little wire and gauze, with a few beads, made you a fly-cap not much bigger than a blue-bottle."
_chignon_ -- then at the top of the mount of hair and horsehair was laid a gauze platform, stuck full of little red daisies, from the centre of which platform rose a plume of feathers a full yard high -- or in lieu of platform, flowers, and feathers, there was sometimes a fly-cap, or a wing-cap, or a