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Smoking caps!

I would almost take up smoking to wear one of these.

The two men had taken off their dress coats, and had put on smoking caps – Lord Chiltern, indeed, having clothed himself in a wonderful Chinese dressing-gown, and they were sitting round the fire in the smoking-room; but though they were thus employed and thus dressed, the two younger ladies were still with them.

Anthony Trollope, Phineas Redux, Chapter III.

Wikipedia says that smoking caps (and smoking jackets) were popular in 19th-century England and were ostensibly worn to keep the smell of tobacco off hair and clothing. I doubt this could have been effective, so I think it was just a way for gentlemen to try to look cool.