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Girl's Embroidered Cotton Dress, 1840-1850


White cotton dress with wide, collar-less neck and slightly belled sleeves. Bodice and skirt gathered; tight gauging along center-front and center-back waist. Empty whalebone casing at center-front. Self-fabric piping at neck, waist and sleeves. White embroidery at hem; hem and cuffs finished with irregular scalloping and crochet trim. Two tucks on skirt. Bodice lined with plain-weave cotton; sleeves and skirt unlined. Bodice open at center-back; hammered-wire hook and eye closures. Hand-sewn. This young girl's dress was for parties and other special occasions, and was probably worn during the summer. The styling mimics adult women's fashions of the time. The sewing and gauging is exquisite.

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