18th Century Georgian Antique Baby Christening Gown Dress Silk & Fringing Doll ?
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18th Century Georgian Antique Baby Christening Gown Dress Silk & Fringing Doll ?:
18th Century Georgian antique baby christening gown dress Silk & fringing Doll ?
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Here is the second 18th Century Christening robe I have examined.
The first, if I remember [photo's lost! - oh!] was almost identical but in excellent condition. It was very plain.
This one is beautifully decorated, but really age 'grubby' and stained.
One can never have it all with 18th Century textiles!
So, please do not think of offerding if you want a fresh one.
Despite the many stains and 'attic dust', there is very little damage to the gown. The few small holes and wear are shown on the photo's, and I have tried to show most of the marking. There is a horrid stain to the fine silk LINING [see pic] but nothing as bad to the face of the garment.
It may be worth considering a professional antique specialist clean as these christening gowns come up very rarely. Do not attempt to clean it yourself, or at the local dry cleaners. You will ruin it.
You will fall in love with the whole of the shape, and especially the turn back sleeves! These would have tiny lace ruffles peeking out from the edge of the chemise worn below.
The front is completely open, and may have had a stomacher panel over, or special 'bibs' that were often made as part of the christening set.
In just the same design as mama's gown, this is a miniature Robe a la Anglaise, with stitched down pleating to the centre back, and to each side of the front. Exquisite stitching in silk thread.
The decoration, in scallops all around the hem, and in a beautiful pattern to the front, is silk looped fringing and tassels in scalloped form, matched a little further away in silk braiding, very typical of the period.
To finish, we have two bows, again much in line with mama's dress decorations, of ribbon with metal thread. [Quite worn but just lovely!]
I would guess that she dates to around the 1770's, because of the style of the decoration.
This tiny sweetheart is too small for my baby mannequin, so please excuse the rather odd photo's. She measures as follows
Across back chest 8". Across back waist 7.5". Sleeve top to sleeve top across shoulders 6". Underarm sleeve length to start of turn back cuff, approx 4.5". Centre back length 35".
Please only offer if you can take care of her.
[Note: I am saying 'her' but of course girls and boys were dressed exactly the same!]
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