Round ear'd cap (The)
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ROUND EAR'D CAP (THE). English, Country Dance Tune and Jig (6/8 time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The ubiquitous "round-eared cap" was fashionable for all socio-economic levels from the 1740s into the 1780s, and has a fairly high crown and a shaped brim that "rounds" around the face from ear to ear.
The melody first appears in London publisher John Walsh's Second Book of the Compleat Country Dancing Master, third edition (1735, and the later edition of 1749), followed by inclusion in John Johnson's Wright's Compleat Collection of celebrated country Dances (London, 1740). "Round-ear'd cap" is the indicated tune for songs in Joseph Dorman's ballad opera Female Rake (1736) and for The Woman of Taste; or, The Yorkshire Lady (1738).