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Christening gown

Christening gown

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    about 1914 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    White linen trimmed with Irish crochet insertion and machine made lace

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Christening gown of fine white linen, with a round neck and wrist-length sleeves, all edged with machine-made lace; the sleeves also have insertions of machine-made lace and wristbands of Irish crochet. The bodice has a plain back, and the front has two panels embroidered with sprays of flowers in white and edged with insertions of machine-made
lace. The long skirt is gathered into a waistband of Irish crochet, with the exception of the centre front, which is pintucked and flat stitched to the waistband. The lower half of the skirt is finished with three horizontal tucks, and alternating bands of floral whitework embroidery, machine-made lace and Irish crochet, with a lace flounce at the hem. The garment fastens at the back of the bodice with two pearlized buttons and stitched buttonholes.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)


about 1914 (made)

Materials and Techniques

White linen trimmed with Irish crochet insertion and machine made lace


Length: 85.1 cm centre back

Object history note

Worn by the donor's brother, George 'Jinks' Grant-Govan (b.04/11/1914) & his sister Enid Margaret (the donor, b 15/09/1919). Both children were Christened at the church of St Michael & All Angels, Bedford Park, London, where their parents' marriage had taken place.

Historical context note

See B.22/25-1993: four photographs showing the gown being worn by 'Jinks' or Enid Grant-Govan

Descriptive line

Christening gown;United Kingdom, about 1914

Production Note

Attribution note: Made by Agnes Phillips (Mrs Gordon Phillips), maternal aunt of 'Jinks' and Enid Grant-Govan
Reason For Production: Private


Linen; Irish crochet; Machine made lace


Museum of Childhood

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