Boy's shirt

late 18th century
Worn by Thomas Lamb (American, 1796–1887)

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Center back: 43.18 cm (17 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave with silk embroidery

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Boy’s linen shirt, deep open neck with light-weight linen ruffle around full collar and neck opening, collar slightly pointed at back, reinforcing tab at bottom point of neck opening with bullion stitches, reinforced shoulders, square body with side slits with small gussets, long sleeves gathered over shoulders with underarm gussets, two button holes in each narrow cuff; “TL/ 2” cross-stitched in brown silk thread at front lower left corner, darned repairs throughout collar


Embroidered in brown silk cross stitch at front lower left: "TL/ 2"


Worn by Thomas Lamb (1786-1791) and/or his brother Thomas Lamb (1796-1887) of Boston; Inherited by his granddaughters Misses Aimee and Rosamund Lamb; Gift to the MFA, 1951

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Mrs. Horatio Appleton Lamb