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  • Girl's Dress, 1880-1885

    Straight, low-waisted, heavily knife-pleated girl's silhouette dresses were very common in the early 1880's; men's suit fashions were also often reflected in women's clothing of the period.

  • 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.

  • 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 Blouse Waist and Breeches, about 1880

    According to the source of purchase, this young boy's suit belonged to the Linsley Simpson family of Northford, Connecticut. The piece is notable for its casualness and freedom of movement. It is definitely clothing made for a boy - the shirt remains tucked in, and the pants are not like Dad's. A nice, though still casual, outfit, it appears to be homemade.

  • Girl's Dress, about 1885

    This is a typical young girl's dress from the early 1880's, when light chambray was a very popular fabic choice for summer wear.