Civil War Era Christening Gown

This little Christening gown was found in an old trunk at an estate auction. According to the heirs it was hand and home made in the 1860's. I have washed it and lightly starched it and it is fresh and clean. It is made from a very light lawn type cotton material. It was originally white, but has aged to an off white. The lace is delicate hand crocheted. It is 36 inchs from shoulder seam to hem. This little gown is very old and does show it's wear. As stated, it's color is aged, what primitive seamstresses call "tea stained", only this was stained naturally. T are several breaks in the lace. T are tiny pulls and tears, simply from age. It closes in the back with 3 small mother of pearl buttons. One button hole is torn. It does have numerous flaws due to age. Despite the flaws, it makes a wonderful display for that country or primitive home. Please email any questions you might have on the condition.

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