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Object ID # 1959.061.002
Object Name Cape
Title Mrs. McLean's Dolman
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date 19th-century
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description Woman's black dolman, with chenille and jet bead construction and trim which closes at the front of the neck via a black metal hook and eye fastener. The dolman is thigh-length at the back and has long scarf ends hanging in the front to knee level or beyond. The neck has a solid cottn band, and there is also a fringe at the neck.

Provenance The previous owner, Mary McLean, gave a number of items that had belonged to her parents and siblings. This dolman had belonged to her mother, Elizabeth McLean (nee Blyth or Blythe) b. 1838-d. 1921). Elizabeth came to what would eventually be known as Owen Sound, Ontario, when she was a child, in the 1840s. Her father, Mr. Blyth, was a tailor and brought his family to the new settlement of Sydenham from Cincinnati. Elizabeth married a Scotsman, Mr. John McLean, in the early 1860s, at Owen Sound, Canada West. They resided for many years at 37 High St. (later called 1663 5th Ave. East, Owen Sound, Ontario).
Collection Textiles, 19th-c Clothing Collection, Women's
Material Chenille/Bead, Glass/Metal/Thread
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People McLean, Elizabeth
McLean, John