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Object ID # 1957.022.005
Object Name Cape
Title Baby's White Cape
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Made Unknown
Description Knit ribbed white cotton baby's cape with zig-zagging braid detail and wide lace trim, fastened with one cloth-covered button at the throat. It is a Victorian item. "Watney" is marked in ink on the inside nape.
Provenance Originally owned by the Rixon family who lived for a while in Sydenham Township, Grey County, before moving to Owen Sound, Grey County, in the 1880s.

Mr. Henry Rixon was of English origin and in the 1901 census it says that he emigrated in 1860. His wife was formerly Miss Helen Ainslie, a daughter of Adam Ainslie of Sydenham Township. Miss Eleanor Rixon had a sister, Miss Laura Rixon, and they lived at 894, 5th Avenue East, Owen Sound, Grey County before their deaths, but also spent a lot of time in Leith.

The Rixon burial plot is at Leith Cemetery, in the former Sydenham Township, and includes the following:
William Augustus Rixon (b. 1869-d. 1892)
Henry Rixon (father) 1838-1920
Helen Rixon (mother) 1847-1913
Ada A. Rixon 1874-1894
Ella A. Rixon 1871-1918
Alex A. Ainslie 1850-1887
Adam Ainslie 1807-1897
Isabella Ainslie 1828-1918
John Ainslie 1858-1923
Laura Rixon 1876-1963
Eleanor Rixon Dec. 27, 1973
William M. Burr 1861-1931
Frank Broderick 1856-1915
J. Jane Broderick 1867-1933
F. Rixon Broderick 1895-1958
Collection Textiles, 19th-c Clothing Collection, Baby Unisex/Unknown
Material Cotton/Lace/Thread
Dimensions W-87.5 L-41 inches
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Rixon, Henry