These preaching bands belonged to Charles Wesley. They are made from fine cotton and bear a first-generation museum label dating to the 1800s.
Preaching bands are worn around the neck and are fixed with thin ties. Such bands are still worn today as part of clerical (non-liturgical) clothing by the clergy, and also by some members of the legal and academic professions. Preaching bands are a distant cousin of historic neckwear, such as cravats, jabots and ruffs.