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Object ID # 1969.008.002
Object Name Gown, Baptismal
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Year Range from 1860
Year Range to 1869
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Grey County, Ontario?
Description Fine woollen Christening gown with pompoms on the sleeves, 1860s? Yellowish colour (ecru was popular in the early 20th-century, but the donor believes it is from the 1860s). Embroidery on collar, bottom of sleeves and skirt. Scalloped edge neck and sleeves. Drawstrings at the long sleeves. The sleeves have gathered cuffs and the drawstrings have tasselled ends. Ruffled cuff with embroidered scalloped edges. Very long, plain skirt. Hand-sewn. Front has box pleats. There are three rows of tiny, cross-stitched white threads (two short and one long row). Centre back opening has five buttons
Provenance Original provenance unknown. Formerly belonged to Mrs. J. G. Parsons of Goderich, Ontario and then to Mrs. W. P. Telford, her grand-daughter. Mrs. Telford told the museum staff in 1969 that the dress was about 100 years old, suggesting that it dates from the 1860s.
Collection Textiles, 19th-c Clothing Collection, Baby Unisex/Unknown
Material Wool/Embroidery Thread/Thread
Dimensions W-56.6 L-93.2 cm
Found Grey County, Ontario
People Telford (the 2nd), William Pattison

Parsons, J. G.
Subjects Baptisms