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Child's Dress

Artist/maker unknown, American

Made in United States, North and Central America

Late 18th century

Glazed printed cotton plain weave

Center Back Length: 23 inches (58.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of the heirs of Paul D. I. and Anna Shinn Maier, 1998

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This charming child's dress or frock is made of practical brown printed cotton, but the shiny glazed finish, achieved by applying a stiffener such as starch and then friction from hot rollers, would not have withstood many launderings. Simply cut, the dress was fastened with straight pins; it could have been worn by either a girl or boy, since at that time both wore skirts when young.