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Baby Christening Gown with Historical Letters (c.1800s)

RushCreekVintage

Regular price $425.00

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Lovely antique christening or baptism baby gown first worn in 1829 in New Hampshire truly has a story behind it! Hand sewn using a featherweight ivory cotton lawn, this gown has a bodice panel embellished with hand made eyelet embroidery bordered by ruffles from the shoulders to the waist. The skirt has a collection of tiny pintuck gathers all the way around to the back, where it opens for fitting. Bottom hem is hand sewn open cutwork in a delicate pattern.

The most interesting part of this product listing are the two handwritten notes that accompany the dress (image 5). The dress was worn by the children of Henry S. Thacher and Elizabeth Haven Wardrobe who married in September of 1822 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. They had nine children and the dress was passed down through the generations, making its way to an estate auction in Central Ohio.

100% authentic, rare and truly historical. Let your family be a part of the story!

Item Condition

- The fabric is lightly yellowed and discolored with dark spots. It has been given a gentle soak in mild soapy water, rinsed then air-dried by this seller.

Listing Includes

- Christening gown, handwritten family notes, original storage box

Item Details

- Material: cotton, embroidery, lace

- Colors: pale ivory with areas of yellowing and discoloration related to age

- Dimensions: 42" long - gown will fit an infant up to about 6 months