Women's four piece tobogganing outfit from the early twentieth century


1- Woman's four piece tobogganing outfit. Heavy cinnamon wool plush (mohair blend?). a) Jacket. Double-breasted (Russian blouse). High stand-up collar. Long tight sleeves with flaring cuffs. Mid-thigh length. Two pleated pockets with rounded corners on front, fastens with three blue covered buttons on shoulder. Wide self-belt, collar, cuffs and hem have embroidered blue sleds and large dots, lined with navy blue silk. b) Skirt. Boot top length, no waistband, gros grain inner band, A-line. Front placket closes at waist with hook-and-snaps, opens at hem with four covered buttons. Rounded patch pockets on each side of front, half belts go across back at waist & 3" below waist. Belts and pockets have blue covered button trim, not lined, but seams are bound. Has been shortened. c) Knickers. Not very full, knee length, black tape waistband. Side hook-and-eye fastening, legs gathered to narrow cuff which fastens with metal buckle. d) Hat. Same fabric. Mushroom shaped. Blue sleds embroidered on band. Blue silk tassle sewn on top. Separate piece comes down to cover ears. Lined with navy velvet. Label: J. Hock, Detroit. Donor said that not long after they were married (June 1916), she and her husband acted as chaperones for a winter sports trip to Lake Champlain, where she wore this ensemble.

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