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Object ID # 1956.002.001
Object Name Gown, Baptismal
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date 19th-century
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Scotland or Canada?
Description A white cotton christening gown. The long-skirted dress has short sleeves, that have scalloped edges and white floral embroidery. The front of the bodice has white floral embroidery and two ruffles from the neckline to the waistline (are on an angle). The waistband is 1 cm wide. The neckline is somewhat squarish, with scalloped white trim. The skirt is gathered to the bodice with many tiny tucks and pleats. The bottom of the skirt has a 4cm wide area of white eyelet and embroidery lace, with scalloped edging and horizontal hem stitches. The dress has a back closure of about 30 cm, with no buttons or fasteners. It is entirely hand-stitched, and made of a cotton fabric.
Provenance This christening gown was formerly kept by Mrs. Thomas Armstrong, who came from Scotland, and settled in Annan, in Sydenham Township, Grey County.

In 1850, a Mr. Thomas Armstrong purchased a burial plot in Annan, according to local historian Allan Ross, in his book, REMINISCENCES OF NORTH SYDENHAM (1924), pp. 119-120. Another source, HISTORY OF SYDENHAM TOWNSHIP (1967), pp. 305-306, says "Tom Armstrong, his wife and two sons, came out from Dumfrieshire, Scotland in the year 1851. They lived on the Lake Shore for one year. In 1852, they got fifty acres from the Crown, which was all bush. Here, they built a log house and barn on the east side of the road below the rock. In the year 1874, they built a stone house on the west side of the road. A barn was built before the house. There were 100 acres by then, 50 at the rock and 50 where the house and barn were located. Later more land was obtained and the farm became 200 acres. Now the farms consist of N.E. 1/4 of Lot 23, Con. 7, and Lot 23, Con. 6, Sydenham. There were three sons and six daughters in the family. At the time of Mr. Armstrong's death, in 1892, the farm was left to his youngest son, Tom..."

Collection Textiles, 19th-c Clothing Collection, Baby Unisex/Unknown
Material Cotton/Embroidery Thread/Thread
Dimensions L-120 cm
Found Sydenham Township (formerly), Municipality of Meaford, Grey County
People Armstrong, Thomas