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Object ID # 1982.011.001
Object Name Gown, Baptismal
Title Hazel Burke's Dress (c.1896)
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date c. 1896
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Tara, Bruce County or Owen Sound, Grey County
Description White cotton Christening gown or long baby dress, c. 1896. It has a sheer gauzy cotton as well as white broadcloth used for it. Lace present at neck, sleeves and bodice. Skirt has eyelet lace (Ayrshire work, a type of embroidery with decorative holes). Suggested that it was hand-worked.
Makers mark None
Provenance Maker unknown. Worn by Hazel C. Christie (neƩ Christie) as a baby, circa 1896. She resided in Owen Sound, Grey County.

Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. John Burke. The Burkes were married at Tara, Bruce County, on March 4, 1896. They later lived on 14th St. West, Owen Sound, for many years (early 1900s to mid-1900s).

Eliza Burke was born on July 26, 1869. Her husband John Burke, b. Feb. 6, 1873, was a "Joiner". They were listed in the 1901 census of Owen Sound, but the census-taker mis-spelt their surname as "Burk". At that time, Hazel was age 4, and she had a little brother, Harold J.S. Burke.

Collection Textiles, 19th-c Clothing Collection, Baby Unisex/Unknown
Material Cotton/Embroidery Thread/Thread
Dimensions W-55.6 L-83.6 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County