Christening dress and matching guimpe (dress)

French (Valenciennes)
about 1873

Object Place: France


105 x 88 cm (41 5/16 x 34 5/8 in.) L. of dress from center front of neck to lower edge of hem .969 M.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton with cotton embroidered insertion, linen bobbin lace, and cotton tapes

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Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



White organdie with broad panel down front of dress formed by crossing bands of finely embroidered insertion alternating with bands of gathered organdie and bordered with Valenciennes lace trimmed ruffle, ruffle of Valenciennes lace around armholes; guimpe with long sleeves, yoke and lower part of sleeves formed by minute embroidered insertion bands alternating with bands of gathered organdie, Valenciennes lace edging on sleeves and neck.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Amy B. Edmond