Girl's Plaid cotton Smock or Apron, 1870-1890
Blue and white plaid cotton smock/apron. Simple one-piece construction with very large armholes and sleeves to fit over other clothing. Broad, rounded, Buster Brown-style collar. Three-button closure at upper back and buttoned self-fabric half-belt across lower back; back otherwise open. Sleeves and upper back gathered at yoke. Many stained and bleached areas on front. Machine stitched. According to the source of purchase, this young girl's smock belonged to the Linsley Simpson family of Northford, Connecticut. The large armholes and sleeves, open back, simple construction, and stains indicate that it was used to cover nicer clothing when doing crafts, cooking, and the like.