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Title: Petticoat
Identifier: 2008.14.6
Donor: Alison Dicks
Item Date: 1925-1935
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A ladies full length petticoat with satin waist and flounced hem. The waist is stitched onto a flat elastic band 22 inches wide which stretches to 32 inches. The waist is ivory-coloured satin 23 cm long. Hip measurement is 42 inches. The skirt has 21 simple pleats. An inner flounce 10 cm deep is stitched on the underside of the hem. The flounce has 68 simple pleats. Both the outer plain hem and inner flounce hem are finished with narrow bias binding. All skirt seam allowances are unfinished. The waist seam allowances are pinked. The garment is likely home-made.

This petticoat belonged to the donor's mother. Alison Dicks parents were John Sproule and Avnell Scarff Sproule. Her parents lived on the ‘Honey Farm’ that was located across the street from the Pinchin property. The 1950s style bungalow is located at 4390 Mississauga Road.

Alison’s father John provided honey for the Streetsville Bread and Honey Festival. Mr. Sproule was also a groundskeeper of Glenerin, now known as the Glenerin Inn. In 1932 Mr. Sproule took over as Estate Manager after the owner of the house, William Waston Evans passed away. Alison grew up around the area of Glenerin and it is documented that her family lived in the Gate house. Mr. Sproule also helped out with the grounds of the ‘pioneer cemetery’ located at Mississauga Road and Dundas Street and was involved with the upkeep of Erindale Community Hall
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