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 Christening Dress Underslip
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Title: Christening Dress Underslip
Identifier: 2008.4.2
Donor: Rose Gilchrist
Item Date: 1892-1921
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A white cotton petticoat or under slip for a baptismal gown. The petticoat is made of a heavier cotton sewn in a simple shift style, sleeveless, round neck and double stitched side seams. The hem is edges with a broderie anglaise in a simple pattern of vertical bands of 5 holes joined to a plain band with piques which is attached to a narrow band with vertical bands with just two holes. This latter lace edge is similar to the decoration around the neck and arm holes. The back has a placket 37 cm long which fastens with two buttons that are 15 cm apart, and a tape at the neck.

This petticoat goes with the baptismal gown 2008.4.1; it was worn by Mrs. Rose Gilchrist's mother and her three sisters. Her mother was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1892. She also worn this gown for her christening in 1921. When Mrs. Glichrist emigrated form Scotland she brought it with her to Canada. She had hoped that her daughter could wear it at her christening but she was too large so Mrs. Gilchrist was the last to use it. Mrs. Gilchrist has a daughter and a son Brian.

The fabric and trim of the petticoat does not match with the baptismal gown that it was supposedly worn with suggesting that it was not bought or made at the same time.
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