|Object ID #||1975.032.001|
|Object Name||Gown, Baptismal|
|Title||Sutton & Grant Family Christening Dress (1840s)|
|Lexicon category||3: Personal Artifacts|
|Year Range from||1840|
|Year Range to||1934|
|Place of Origin||Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom?|
|Description||Off-white, long, short-sleeved, cotton christening gown. There is a lace panel of eyelet work inset in the front of the skirt and a lace panel of eyelet work in the V of the bodice.|
Maker unknown. Made approximately 1840, and was first used by a son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Sutton. Mr. Sutton eventually worked for the Eaton Brothers Brewery at Owen Sound, as a Brew Master. Eaton's Brewery was located below the 8th St. West hill, and had several buildings to it.
The Eaton family lived above the hill. Another child of the Suttons', a daughter, Sophia, was christened in this dress. Sophia later married John McCardy Grant. The Grant family had three sons: Thomas, Alexander, and James. The eldest, Thomas, was born Dec. 15, 1871. A daughter, Jean Grant, was born on Dec. 13, 1905 and she also was christened in it. Jean became Mrs. Russ Reeve. Her son Grant Russell Reeve also wore it after his birth, June 15th, 1934. That was the last time the dress was worn.
The Grey County Archives has an archival photograph that shows Sophia (Sutton) Grant posed with her three sons, Thomas, Alexander and James Grant (see 1975.032.002).
|Collection||Textiles, 19th-c Clothing Collection, Baby Unisex/Unknown|
|Found||Owen Sound, Grey County|