10769.36 | Hoop skirt (toy)
1862, 19th century
Cotton and metal
40.5 x 39 x 30 cm
Gift of E. Portia MacKenzie, 1962 (Emma Carleton Jack Memorial Collection)
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
Keys to History
This doll's cage crinoline, or hoopskirt, demonstrates that the doll Lady Blanche Paulet was dressed in the most current style. Cage crinolines had become a necessary part of fashionable wardrobes in the late 1850s. Manufactured of spring steel hoops covered in cotton attached together by five bands of tape, this dress accessory replaced the multiple layers of petticoats previously needed to produce the fashionable fullness of the skirt.
Hoopskirts were manufactured out of the same steel as that used for watch springs.
In England, a patent for an inflatable rubber hoopskirt was registered in 1856.
By 1871, there were two hoopskirt manufacturers in Saint John, New Brunswick.
F.A. Cosgrove advertised skeleton skirts for sale in his fancy goods establishment in Saint John, New Brunswick, in 1862.