Printed Cotton Calico Girl's Dress, about 1845

1840-1850

White cotton calico dress, roller-printed with tan stripes, small red dots, and small red stylized flower petal motif in narrow vertical stripe pattern. Long drop sleeves. Pointed front bodice; vertical gauging emanating from point to bustline; whalebone stiffening at center front; darts on either side; side seams; round neck. Skirt gathered at waistline with small bustle. Tucks on sleeve and hem. Piping throughout. Cotton lining. Hook and eye closures. Fine hand stitching. According to the source of purchase, this young girl's dress belonged to a family in Yonkers, New York. With its drop sleeves, pointed bodice, small bustle and boning, it emulates, in simpler form and fabric, adult women's fashion of the time. It is a fine example of ca. 1840 roller-printed calico, with stripes and flower motifs in two-colors - inexpensive and simple. This is the only girl's dress in the collection in which the whalebone remains intact.


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