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Object ID # 1975.032.001
Object Name Gown, Baptismal
Title Sutton & Grant Family Christening Dress (1840s)
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date 19th-century
Year Range from 1840
Year Range to 1934
Made Unknown
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.
Provenance 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
Material Cotton/Thread
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Sutton, William