Infant's dress

early 19th century

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Overall: 76 x 58cm (29 15/16 x 22 13/16in.) Center front: 67.31 cm (26 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave (cambric) with cotton embroidery with deflected warps and wefts (drawnwork), linen braided drawstring

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Infant’s dress with casing and drawstring around neck and shoulders to opening at back; two additional rows of double casings and with braided linen drawstrings at back; short sleeves cut on the bias with four pin tucks each, embroidered drawnwork inserts (probably Indian) with tiny bud motifs at ends with scalloped edging; same embroidered drawnwork inserts made into two triangular shapes at top continuing down skirt, two rows inserted across bottom; hem edged with embroidered drawnwork strip with floral motifs with lace insertion stitches and deeply scalloped edge


Inherited by Misses Aimee and Rosamund Lamb; Gift to the MFA, 1952

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Mrs. Horatio Appleton Lamb