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Object ID # 1974.051.001AB
Object Name Dress
Title May Russell's Dress (1870s)
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date 1870s
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Durham, Municipality of West Grey, Grey County
Description White-trimmed, sand-coloured, two-piece child's dress (a&b), from the 1870s, that belonged to May Russell (b. 1871). A. Top Part of dress: It is somewhat like a coat dress, but it fastens at the back instead. The back has eleven buttonholes, neatly stitched in white. There are eleven large (one inch-sized) pearl buttons. There is also a single metal hook at the top of the button row. The back has two lapel-like decorations that hang down. They are trimmed with a white looped trim, in two rows. The dress has two rows of the same white trim decorating the hem area, the neckline area, the sleeve cuffs and two long curving parts of the front of the dress.
The front of the dress has a very plain neckline (looks like it is machine-stitched). The two bodice sides curve and emphasis the hip area of the child. Centrally, there is a double-pointed panel, trimmed with the same white trim as other areas of the dress. This double-pointed area hides the waistband of the skirt. The skirt is unlined, and is made of the same sand-coloured pique (ribbed cotton) fabric as "A". The skirt is tightly gathered into a white fabric waistband that is one inch high, and which fastens simply with one button. The button is covered with white fabric. The skirt's front is seamed in such a way that there is a hidden seam pocket present at the right. The hem is 5 cm deep, and the skirt has no decorative trim on it.
The hems and trim are handstitched.
Provenance Formerly worn by May Russell (Mary Helen Forbes Russell) of Durham, Grey County, in the 1870s. May was born on March 23, 1871. Her parents were George Russell (1829-1901) and Mary A. Law (1839-1890). May married Dr. Edward Lauder on April 27, 1898. After living in Cleveland, Ohio, where Dr. Lauder practised, the Lauders retired to Toronto. They are buried in Durham Cemetery in Grey County. May died in 1966, in her nineties.

Last owned by their daughter, Margaret Stewart (neƩ Lauder).
Collection Textiles, 19th-c Clothing Collection, Child, Female
Material Cotton/Thread/Metal/Mother-of-Pearl
Dimensions W-32.8 L-61.5 cm
Found Durham, Municipality of West Grey, Grey County
People Lauder, Edward
Lauder, May
Stewart, Margaret