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Christening gown

Object Number: 
1953.337b
Date: 
1868-1869
Medium: 
Cotton
Dimensions: 
Overall: 40 x 35 1/2 in. ( 101.6 x 90.2 cm )
Description: 
White cotton and white eyelet trimmed christening gown; square neckline, gathering from CB to shoulders; triangular yoke across CF neckline; vertical shirring from yoke to empire waistline designated by attached placket with whitework embroidery in "trailing grape leaf" design at CF; attached to placket are two self-fabric ties tying at CB; short raglan sleeves; extremely long skirt; hem trimmed with scalloped whitework embroidery of "grape" design; whitework eyelet embroidered trim at neckline, yoke, sleeves, attached placket at CF waist and tie ends; pin-tucking at yoke, sleeves, tie ends and across hem; single mother-of-pearl button closure at CB neckline.
Gallery Label: 
This christening gown was made by the donor's aunt for an expected child. The baby, however, was stillborn, and the mother died in childbirth.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Mary Hallock Crocher
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group