Infant's hand-embroidered dress, c.1815-1820
The infant's dress, open in the back, is lovingly decorated with fine hand embroidery, tiny tucks, and bands of pointed trim. The pointed trim is completely hand stitched from the same fabric as the dress; the time it took to produce the trim boggles the mind.
The dress has the original drawstring to adjust the neckline fullness. The drawstring from the embroidered waist casing is missing. There runs through the artless decoration (4th picture down) a vein of simplicity which is not its least charm.
Some of the finest work of the needle arts was lavished on garments for infants. This labor of love, an heirloom, should be passed on to future generations. It can be a treasured heirloom in your family.
The condition is very good. I found three small brown spots, which I have not tried to remove, and several tiny (mostly pin-prick size) holes scattered throughout the skirt. This is reflected in the price.
It measures 16" chest and 29" from the shoulder to the hem.