This is a portrait of Sir Walter Raleigh. I can't imagine being so bedecked...even for a sitting for an artist.
I've been told that the elaborate Elizabethan collars were as much practical as decorative. Someone said they were designed to deflect lice. When a louse fell out of one's hair, it landed in the folds of the collar and rolled out, away from the body. That could be true. Do any of our readers know?
Out latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a reprint of a 1948 article about the
Mail Boat Aleta, "Boat Hauls Mail, More." You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news032114.htm.