Doll's Shift

1690-1730 (made)
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This is a linen shift made for a doll, between ca.1690 and 1730. Although it came with the Lady Clapham doll, it is too large to actually fit her, and probably once belonged to another doll.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Linen; hand-woven, hand-sewn
Brief Description
Doll's shift of linen, British, 1690-1730
Physical Description
Doll's shift of linen with elbow-length sleeves and an untrimmed wide, square-cut neckline with a linen-tape casing and cord tie for adjustment. The shift is cut wide at the hem and shape with a gore at left front side and right back side. There is a worked buttonhole on each side of each cuff to fasten wiyh sleeve button.



This shift is larger and of heavier quality than T.846:A-1974, the one worn by the Lady Clapham doll.
Dimensions
  • Length: 50.1cm (approx)
  • Width: 41.0cm (approx)
Credit line
Purchased by public subscription
Object history
This shift came with Lady Clapham, but is too large for her and probably belonged to another doll.
Historical context
Dolls were widely produced in the 17th century, although very few survive. It is most unlikely that these particular examples were the playthings of children. Their production is of a high quality; almost all the accessories survive and there is little wear and tear on the dolls and their garments. The dolls were most probably purchased for the amusement of adults, and as a decorative accessory to a home.
Summary
This is a linen shift made for a doll, between ca.1690 and 1730. Although it came with the Lady Clapham doll, it is too large to actually fit her, and probably once belonged to another doll.
Associated Object
T.847-1974 (Object)
Collection
Accession Number
T.846S-1974

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record createdJuly 23, 2003
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