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Object ID # 1959.028.005
Object Name Dress
Title Little Boy's Dress
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date c. 1883
Made Smith (nee Lee), Frances
Place of Origin Annan, Municipality of Meaford, Grey County
Description Boy's long-sleeved orange cashmere dress with brown polka dots and brown braid. Skirt is pleated, bodice is sort of scalloped at the base, and back of dress has Princess seams. Seven brown, plain-looking buttons fasten the dress in the front.
Provenance The previous owner, Mrs. Temple Day, was formerly Miss ____________Smith. Mrs. Day said that the dress had been made in Annan, circa 1883, by her mother, Frances Lee, sometime before she married and became Mrs. Frances Smith. Frances made it for her sister's son, Alex McArthur, when he was about one and a half years old. In 1959, Alex was still alive, but then living in Western Canada.
In 1959, Mrs. Temple Day resided in Annan, in Sydenham Township, Grey County.
Collection Textiles, 19th-c Clothing Collection, Child, Male
Material Wool/Fabric /Thread/Braid/Dye
Dimensions W-24.7 L-46.6 inches
Found Annan, Municipality of Meaford, Grey County
Subjects 1880s
Function In the 19th-century very little boys wore dresses until they were about four years of age, and then they were put into pants.