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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1852-1853 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, cotton, glazed cotton, machine made lace, braid, drawn thread work

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Ellis

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Dress for a young girl: (original 1952 description but in shorter sentences) Blue and white striped silk, having a tight-fitting bodice with a pleated front falling into a panel of gathers [at the] centre. [Short] full skirt; opening down the back; fastened with hooks and eyes and trimmed with blue silk buttons from neck to waist, the opening continues below the waist for 5 inches. High neckline trimmed with narrow border of machine-made lace. Tight fitting sleeves having 3 rows of dark blue braid round the lower edge; white gathered cuffs with a narrow scalloped edging of drawn thread work fastening with a hook and eye. The skirt lined with white glazed cotton, the bodice and sleeves with white cotton; the bodice is not boned. A gathered frill attached to the silk of the waist band varying from 2½ inches centre back to 5 inches at the front, the frills also lined with white glazed cotton; a slit pocket on the right side of the skirt.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1852-1853 (made)


Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silk, cotton, glazed cotton, machine made lace, braid, drawn thread work

Marks and inscriptions

presumably name of wearer
on lining inside waist back


Length: 25 in, Width: 64 in round hem of skirt

Object history note

Given by Miss Ellis (RF 51/4220). "Two similar dresses offered to the V&A were accepted by Gunnersbury Park Museum." (from original 1952 description)

Descriptive line

Blue and white striped silk dress for a young girl; made in England, 1852-1853

Production Note

Said to be dated from information given by the donor


Silk; Cotton; Glazed cotton; Machine made lace; Braid




Children's clothes; Children & Childhood


Museum of Childhood

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