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Dickey, Blouse insert
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Title: Dickey, Blouse insert
Identifier: 995.1.159
Donor: Descendants of G. Dennys?
Item Date: 1850-1910
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A black chemisette insert made out of black lace over black silk. Has a Chinese collar that fastens with three metal (?) hooks at the back of the neck. Three pieces of bone and two zigzag fabric covered wires hold the collar upright. Chemisette closes at the back with four metal(?) hooks and elastic ties at the waist.

A Chemisette 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).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemisette
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