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Baby's circumcision gown

Baby's circumcision gown

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1870-1879 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen with machine-made lace and embroidery

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Baby's circumcision gown, of white linen with a central princess-line panel of white machine-made lace and embroidery. The panel has three deep frills worked with sprays of daisy-like flowers and fan-shaped motifs.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)


1870-1879 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Linen with machine-made lace and embroidery

Object history note

This gown was made by Minna Paiba for the circumcision of her first son. It was later worn by his two brothers and then by another two generations of the family - Minna's grandson Kenneth and his son Simon.

Descriptive line

Baby's circumcision gown, linen machine-made lace and embroidery, Britain, 1870 - 1879


Linen; Machine made lace




Children's clothes; Ceremonial objects; Europeana Fashion Project


Museum of Childhood

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