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Title: Chemisette
Identifier: X964.100.3
Donor: Unknown
Item Date: 1860-1910
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: White chemisette with a delicate open patterned lace and a ribbon around the collar. 5 hook and eye closings at the back and a rectangular front piece; some discoloration.

A Chemisette or neck yoke is an article of women's clothing worn to fill in the front and neckline of any garment. Chemisettes give the appearance of a blouse or shirt worn under the outer garment without adding bulk at the waist or upper arm. Chemisettes of linen or cotton were often worn with day dresses in the mid-19th century, and could be decorated with tucks, embroidery (especially whitework), or lace. When wide pagoda sleeves were fashionable (1860s), chemisettes might have matching engageantes (false undersleeves). _
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