19th century embroidered christening gown
A stunning, very long and voluminous 19th century Christening gown in a remarkably aerien pure white cotton voile. This beautiful dress is adorned throughout the bodice, cuffs and front placket with tiny pin-tuck pleats and lush, very fine floral embroidery with openwork centers. A broad band of pin tuck pleats continues around the entire base of the skirt. Both the neckline and long sleeves are trimmed with a tiny lace border and the hem of the skirt is hand-embroidered with flowers in English cutwork including a hand scalloped edge of pretty openwork leaves. Tiny drawstrings are inserted in the bodice to cinch the waist and beautiful old mother-of-pearl buttons close with crocheted loops at the back and cuffs of the sleeves. This marvelous gown likely dates from the mid to late 19th century and is in excellent condition considering its age and delicacy! There are a few rare, tiny and impeccably done darns as well as a few rare and very tiny pinholes, all of which are virtually invisible given the voluminous folds of the skirt. The drawstrings inside the bodice need to be refixed so that they cinch. Dimensions: total length 36in., circumference at the base of the skirt 136in. Suitable for a newborn baby.
$575.00 (complimentary delivery)