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Child's Dress
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Title: Child's Dress
Identifier: 2008.2.6
Donor: Mrs. Anne Bridgeford (nee Wilcock Osborne)
Item Date: 1890-1920
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A ecru colour child's cotton dress with long puff sleeves and a round neckline. Bodice is decorated with four rows, measuring 1.5 cm wide, of vertical tucks alternating with three rows of 1 cm wide lace inserts. Neckline is trimmed with 1.5 cm wide lace and cuffs are trimmed in 2 cm wide lace. Bottom of the bodice is also trimmed with a 1 cm wide lace insert, but different from the lace in the bodice. There are six vertical tucks on each side of the slit opening at the back of the bodice. Three 7 mm round white pearl buttons with thread loops close the dress at the back while three 2 cm wide bands of lace circle the skirt and a 6 cm wide hem is finished with a 'hem stitching' on the skirt.

The dress may have belonged to the donor's family or that of her husband, Bill Bridgeford. William (Bill) Bridgeford born in Toronto, September 14, 1922. Williamís parents were Benjamin William Bridgeford (d. Nov 1980) and Isabelle Bridgeford who lived at 1321 Lansdowne Ave in Toronto. William married Anne Wilcock Osborne on June 28, 1948 in her hometown of Kapuskasing, Ontario. Together they raised two boys and two girls. Bill passed away May 10, 2002 at Credit Valley Hospital after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. The memorial service was held at St. Brides Church, Clarkson.
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