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Set of baby's clothing

Set of baby's clothing

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1849 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand knitted wool

  • Museum number:

    380 to C-1907

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

These pretty baby clothes make up a matching set consisting of a jacket, pair of sleeves and a cap. The knitter has used stocking stitch decorated with an openwork design, clusters of pink beads and rose motifs made out of pink and green glass beads. She would have had to string the beads on the yarn in the exact reverse order of the pattern before she began knitting.

The jacket and cap have tapes attached to secure them to the baby. Separate sleeves were a common part of baby's outfits. The Workwoman's Guide of 1838 illustrates and describes how to make a 'Knit Armlet…. Little children, in severe weather, wear them over their little naked arms to prevent them from chapping’.

Physical description

A matching set of baby clothes consisting of a cap, jacket and a pair of sleeves. The overall pattern is of openwork knitting decorated with clusters of pink beads. There are additional bands of plain knitting embellished with rose motifs made of pink and green glass beads. The cap and jacket have tapes attached to secure the clothes to the baby.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1800-1849 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Hand knitted wool


Length: 21 cm neck to hem of jacket, Width: 26 cm arm of jacket outstretched, Length: 18 cm of sleeve, Width: 7 cm Of sleeve at widest point, Length: 17.5 cm Crown to edge of hat, Width: 21.5 cm Of hat at widest point

Descriptive line

Set of hand knitted woollen baby clothes, English, 1800-1849

Labels and date

Hand-knitted cotton with glass beads.
English, mid 19th century

Each piece of this outfit was circular-knitted in openwork and stocking stitch with the bead decoration knitted in. The front of the jacket has been cut and the raw edges hemmed. The bonnet is edged with bobbin lace.

Given by Mr. Sydney Vacher
380 to C-1907 [1985]




Hand knitting


Fashion; Children & Childhood; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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