10769.35 | Dress (toy)

 
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Dress (toy)
1862, 19th century
Wool and cotton
72 cm
Gift of E. Portia MacKenzie, 1962 (Emma Carleton Jack Memorial Collection)
10769.35
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
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Keys to History

Lady Blanche Paulet doll's travel dress is made of variegated brown, leno-woven cotton and wool. The skirt is gathered at the waist in a series of eight box pleats and is trimmed with two ruffled flounces edged with dark-brown silk ribbon. Two small, silk ribbon-trimmed pockets adorn the front of the skirt. The dress has a muslin-lined, front-opening bodice with a round waist. Its open front is trimmed with six dark-brown, silk velvet grelots. The neckline is trimmed with an embroidered muslin collar, while short epaulettes with silk piping and embroidered muslin cuffs adorn the sleeves.

  • What

    Grelot is the French term for a small bell-like hanging ornamental button.

  • Where

    Activities such as walking were made easier by the new construction methods of these voluminous skirts, which required considerable navigational skill.

  • When

    Lady Blanche was wearing this dress when the ambrotype photograph was taken.

  • Who

    Helen McNelly, who lived in Portland near the Jack family, advertised as a dressmaker and may have assisted in the production of the doll's wardrobe.