10769.35 | Dress (toy)
1862, 19th century
Wool and cotton
Gift of E. Portia MacKenzie, 1962 (Emma Carleton Jack Memorial Collection)
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
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.
Grelot is the French term for a small bell-like hanging ornamental button.
Activities such as walking were made easier by the new construction methods of these voluminous skirts, which required considerable navigational skill.
Lady Blanche was wearing this dress when the ambrotype photograph was taken.
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.