Cap belonging to Ferdinanado de la Certa, died aged 20 , 1211 or 1275, Spanish
New Color pictures courtesy of Marianne Perdomo
(who said she got it from "just some tourist info booklet put out by the Castille-Leon regional government")


Text from "Bead Embroidery" by Joan Edwards" (featured black & white picture at the bottom)
"In Spain, too, examples of very old beading are not unknown, and a beaded cap was recovered from the tomb of Ferdinanado de la Certa who was buried in Las Huelgas, Burgos in 1275. It is worked in blue glass beads, seed pearls and coral beads on a linen material stretched over a framework of wood and bound around the edges with gold foil. Rampant lions and double headed eagles* cover the cap on a chequered background, and like the head dresses from Mount Carmel the cap may have been considered of some value, or it would not have been used for burial."

*Grizel's Note: I only have one problem, in the pictures I have, like the one here it looks to be catles instead of double headed eagles. Double headed eagles are also more a later period German charge, not a early period spanish one. Especially since I also have the accompanying armourial surcote. It is covered with the arms as well (not beaded so it was not included here), and they are the more typical 3 Tower-type castles on it.

The author of the above quote must not have seen a good picture of the piece because her sketches are quite awful, I won't use her drawings on this site as they are quite ugly and more confusing than anything else.

And now with the new pics, we can QUITE clearly see the cap! Castles, definitely.


Copyright 2000 Jen Funk Segrest (Elspeth Grizel of Dunfort)