10769.29 | Petticoat (toy)
1862, 19th century
Gift of E. Portia MacKenzie, 1962 (Emma Carleton Jack Memorial Collection)
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
Keys to History
This doll's petticoat of fine cotton gathered in small pleats into the waistband fastens with one small mother-of-pearl button. The laundry mark "Blanche Paulet" is inscribed in black India ink on the waistband. The wide hem helped to support the fullness of the skirt of the silk day dress with which it was worn. The hem of the petticoat is trimmed with an excellently made band of tatted lace.
In addition to her petticoat, Lady Blanche wore a chemise, drawers and a camisole as undergarments.
Walking skirts were often looped up by means of various cords and buttons so that the petticoat underneath could be revealed.
It was not until the 1850s, and the popularity of the cage crinoline, that underdrawers became a standard article of women's clothing.
Laundry marks were used to assist the proprietor of the laundry in ensuring that all garments were returned to their rightful owners.