Infant's christening dress

mid-19th century

Object Place: France


114 x 77 cm (44 7/8 x 30 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton eyelet embroidery, needlepoint lace, hemstitched, linen drawstring, and needlework covered button

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



(now yellowed and stained in many places), wide square cut neck, short sleeves cut on bias, “V” shaped panel in center front of bodice, panel in center front of skirt flaring from waist to hem and set off by two free standing bands on each side, bodice panel embroidered with white linen thread in symmetrical design of minute floral forms pendent from ornamental motive in upper center front, many details in needlepoint lace stitches, similar arrangement at bottom of skirt panel (center skirt panel) with single straight stem bearing minute blossoms and leaves extending from top of arrangement to waist line of dress, small arrangements of same type on sleeves, all free edges finished with minute pointed scallops and eyelets.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Margaret A. Revere and Miss Anna P. Revere, in memory of Mary C. Rogers