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Christening gown

Object Number: 
1953.337c
Date: 
1868-1869
Medium: 
Cotton
Dimensions: 
Overall: 39 x 38 in. ( 99.1 x 96.5 cm )
Description: 
White cotton christening gown with whitework embroidery and bobbin lace trim; square neckline trimmed with bobbin lace, gathered from CB to shoulders; CF panel with rows of horizontal pintucking and scalloped flounces edged in whitework and eyelet embroidery from neckline and narrowing to empire waistline, then gradually widening from waist to hem; sides of panel trimmed with scalloped eyelet flounce; two tiers of pintucking from CF panel near hem continue around skirt; short puffed sleeves gathered at shoulders, trimmed with whitework embroidery and edged with bobbin lace; gathered empire waistline defined by a placket of floral and S-curved whitework embroidery; single mother-of-pearl button and silk cord ties at CB neckline; machine-stitched.
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