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  • Embroidered Pink Silk Taffeta Girl's Dress, about 1905

    Pink silk taffeta dress with flowers embroidered in silk on yoke, sleeve cuffs and skirt. High neck, with ruffled lace forming stand collar. Long set-in sleeves with turnover cuffs. Yoke and drop waist with rather crude hand smocking. Short pleated skirt. Center-back opening with four mother-of-pearl buttons. Machine-sewn, but gathering on bodice is done by large hand-stitching. Some top-stitching executed in machine stitches of chain-stitch with silk thread; interior seams of cotton thread in l…

  • Bonnet, about 1895

  • Two Piece Silk Taffeta Girl's Outfit, about 1892

    Two-piece outfit consisting of pleated skirt and jumper-style bodice with long-sleeved, tucked white cambric chemisette. Skirt and bodice of silk taffeta, printed blue with brown spots. Bodice stand collar, fall collar, cuffs and hem trimmed with machine lace. Opens center-back with 22 mother-of-pearl buttons. Skirt stiffened with buckram lining. Machine-sewn except for hand-stitched hem. Dressmaker made. This fashionable young lady's bodice and skirt is notable for its exquisite construction an…

  • Boy's Suit and Blouse, 1885-1900

    According to the source of purchase, this conventional young boy's black knicker suit belonged to the Linsley Simpson family of Northford, Connecticut. Such Fauntleroy suits became popular after the publication of Frances Hodgson Burnett's "Little Lord Fauntleroy" in 1886. It is not likely that this blouse originally accompanied it - the knickers have buttonholes in the waistband for attaching a blouse waist, and this blouse has no buttons.

  • Skirt, 1897-1900

  • Boy's Tweed Jacket, 1880-1900

  • Girl's Dress, 1900-1915

    This is a nice dress for a young girl, perfect for school wear; it has the "pouch" that was popular in the early 20th Century. It is quite worn, well-used and well-washed.

  • Girl's Dress, about 1895

    This is an interesting use of cotton chambray and tow cloth. A typically comfortable, casual dress for a girl around the turn of the century. Basting remains visible on the front of the dress.

  • Girl's Wrap, about 1895

    This young lady's wrapper comes from the Scull family of Somerset County, Pennsylvania, and was possibly worn by the daughter or granddaughter of Louise Ogle Scull. It appears to be an informal garment, used first thing in the morning. The train in the back is interesting - perhaps it was for a young woman who was rather short. The sleeves, which have some interesting piecing, indicate a circa 1895 date of manufacture. The vermicular printed fabric pattern is reminiscent of circa-1840 roller pri…

  • Women's black patent leather shoes from the early twentieth century

    This pair of woman's black patent leather shoes has a French Louis heel, a pointed toe, ties in the front through a leather flap, and is leather lined. The shoes belonged to the late Miss M. Agnes Burton, sister of donor.

  • Women's black quilted satin boots from the early twentieth century

    A pair of woman's black quilted satin boots, lined with pink. The boots have a knotted wool trim with silk cord laces, 2" high heels, and pointed toes. The soles are rubber covered leather. A Daniel Green number is tooled into the soles, and the number 345 is printed inside.

  • Heavy Paper Fan with Painted Floral Motif and Mirror, 1900

    Cream and pink, heavy paper folding hand fan with painted figural and floral motif and mirror, which was owned by Matilda Dodge Wilson (October 19, 1883 – September 19, 1967),who was the wife of John Francis Dodge (October 25, 1864 – January 14, 1920), co-founder of the Dodge Motor Car Company in Detroit, Michigan.

  • Hand Fan with Ribbon Edging and Silk Flowers, 1900

    Fan with pink-lavender edging, ribbon wrapped handle and flower accents, which was owned by Matilda Dodge Wilson (October 19, 1883 – September 19, 1967),who was the wife of John Francis Dodge (October 25, 1864 – January 14, 1920), co-founder of the Dodge Motor Car Company in Detroit, Michigan.

  • Long Dress with Leaf Pattern Overlay

    Long silk organza dinner dress, royal blue in color with black leaf pattern overlay. Dress is lined with cummerbund style waist, sweetheart style neckline with lace inset and stand-away collar. Hook and eye closure in back, ¾ length sleeves with lace, large sash in back with decorative covered buttons.. Circa 1900-1909.

  • Little Boy's Three Piece Suit

    Child’s three piece suit consisting of knee length pants, short jacket, and white ruffled shirt. Pants and jacket made of blue velvet. Jacket has hook and eye closure at neck, quilted lining, short waist. Pants have button flap front closure, buttonholes on waist paint to secure shirt, three decorative brass buttons on side of pant leg. Shirt has pointed collar, button cuffs, ruffles on placket front, and three buttons at waist to secure to pants. Circa 1900-1929.

  • Long Bue and Ivory Dress

    Long dress with long sleeves. Light blue in color with lace inserts and black ribbon trim. Lace is on lower third of sleeve with light blue fabric fringed cuff, with lace ruffle and buttons. The same features are found around hem and decorative straps on the top. Lace insert with high neck on bodice of dress, plated skirt at hem. Circa 1900-1909.