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Object ID # 1957.015.004
Object Name Blouse
Title Blue & gold-coloured Bodice
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Made Unknown
Description Woman's long-sleeved, front-opening, blue and gold patterned smock-type, hip-length blouse or jacket with gathered bodice. Interior is lined with brown cotton and there is a waist belt that does up at front of the wearer's waistline via two metal hook and eye fasteners. The interior breast lapel closes via four black metal hook and eye fasteners, followed by the top exterior lapel (six black metal hook and eye fasteners), followed by six exterior black metal hooks that fasten into six thread eyes on the right side of the exterior lapel. There are thick cotton? inserts in the armpits, presumably to soak up perspiration. The bottom interior hemline is burgundy coloured. The exterior right top lapel is gathered to give the appearance of smocking and closes over the wearer's left. The collar is sailor-type and is piped in three concentric lines with blue piping. The cuffs are piped in the same way. The collar underside is lined with the same burgundy coloured material as the interior hemline.
Provenance Maker and provenance unknown. Would have likely been worn with a matching skirt. The sailor-type collar suggest the 1890s.

Last owned by Jacqueline E. Kennedy, likely of the D. J. Kennedy family of Owen Sound, Grey County.
Collection Textiles, 20th-c Clothing Collection, Women's
Material Cotton/Thread/Metal/Piping
Found Owen Sound, Grey County