10769.4 | Dress (toy)
1862, 19th century
Silk 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 green silk day dress has a plain bodice that is front-opening to the neckline and trimmed with three mauve, silk-covered buttons. The pagoda-style sleeves are slit to the shoulder and trimmed with volans of mauve silk to match the skirt's flounce and buttons. The skirt is gathered at the back in a full central pleat and is bordered with a vandyked flounce of mauve silk. Two sets of three mauve silk-covered buttons line the front. The mauve silk belt, in the Swiss style, curved to points above and below the waist at both front and back, is also adorned with three buttons, this time covered in green silk. Puffed, silk net, detachable undersleeves, or engageants, and a lace collar were worn as accessories.
A new design in the skirt, gored or angled panels on the side, made the skirt less expensive to make since it required less material.
The day dress was worn when entertaining visitors in the afternoon or at high tea in the parlour.
A silk day dress was worn later in the day. Mornings were usually spent in a dressing gown.
Horsfall & Sheraton, a business on King Street, Saint John, New Brunswick, imported silks, woollens, cottons and linens, the types of materials that were used in the production of this dress.