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Christening Dress
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Title: Christening Dress
Identifier: 996.2.1
Donor: Nancy Wallace
Item Date: 1890 – 1900
Creation Date: 2012
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A cotton christening dress with a front panel insert of fine pleating and eyelet from neck to flounced edge, tapering from 17.5 cm at neck to 8 cm at waist to 33 cm at flounce. A band 13.5 cm wide of the same fine pleating and eyelet continues around the dress. There is 1 cm eyelet edging running down both sides of the insert. There is a 14 cm eyelet flounce with a scalloped edge around the whole garment. There are two sashes 96 cm long x 16 cm wide with a 9.5 cm pleated eyelet band that is edged with 1 cm of eyelet. It has a 29.5 cm opening at the back fastened with two 0.5 cm pearl buttons - one at the neck edge and the other 9 cm down. There is 2 cm eyelet edging around the neck. The back bodice also has a lace and pleated insert, the same as the other inserts.

Belonged to Donor's grandmother, Bertha MacKinnon, or mother, Rhona MacKinnon. Bertha MacKinnon (née Sampson) was born in England and immigrated to Canada. Her husband was the Canadian Trade Commissioner. The MacKinnon's were Loyalists.
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