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Collection Clothing-Children's
Catalog Number 1993.01.06
Object Name Dress
Year Range from 1830.0
Year Range to 1850.0
Creator Maker Unknown
Place of Origin Probably Southeastern Pennsylvania
Material Cotton
Dimensions L-23 inches
Description A child's handstitched dress made out of a brown cotton with a blue and white floral print. The dress has a scooped neckline and three self-fabric stays attached to the outside of the yoke. There is nothing inserted into the stays, but they are reminiscent of those found usually on the interior of bodices. The sleeves are set into the arm syce and there is gathering at the shoulder, as well as self-piping. The sleeves are long and full throughout with a hook and eye closure at each cuff. At the back of the yoke there is princess seaming accented by self-piping. There is an inset waistband flanked by self-piping. At the attachment of the skirt there is cartridge pleating and there is a pocket on the proper right side which is lined in a blue and white speckled printed cotton. There is no closure at the neck or waist, as usually seen on dresses from this period, but it is probable that there was once hook and eyes. The inside of the waistband is lined in a light blue cotton muslin. A dark blue with light blue dot printed cotton has been attached to the inside of the sleeve cuffs and the hem (possibly added later).
Provenance There is no information about the maker or origin of this piece, except that it comes out of the family of Benjamin Alderfer.
Cataloged by C.Harvey