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Christening dress
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Title: Christening dress
Identifier: 983.6.1
Donor: Unknown
Item Date: 1900-1930
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: White cotton baptismal gown with short sleeves and round neck, machine sewn. Crochet pattern around the neck as well as the trim.

Up until the 17th century young babies were wrapped in tight swaddling clothes carried to the front in a bearing cloth for Christening. This was a large square of lavishly trimmed silk. It evolved to a front opening robe fastened with ribbon ties showing a petticoat beneath, in the mid- 18th century. The first Christening robes were made in the style worn every day by 18th century children. Both boy and girl children wore slip dresses, with a very long flowing skirt falling from a short, tucked bodice, low neck and short sleeves. This fashion has remained popular for Christening ever since. _http://christeningbabyangel.com/tips_and_gown_history.html_
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