#2664  Calico Dress & Aprons 1869

  Lowell, Massachusetts    $525.00

Dress: White cotton printed with red, yellow and blue flowers and dark brown dots, unbleached cotton muslin bodice lining, brass and steel hooks and eyes. Apron: white cotton printed with red and pink vertical floral design, trimmed with pink and white striped cotton. 2nd Apron: white cotton printed with dark pink and brown pairs of dots, trimmed with pink and red calico cotton.

Provenance: These garments were purchased from Ida J. Mixer's 90 year old Vermont grand-daughter.

Label: Two paper labels with script, "This dress made by Annie J. Mixer for her daughter Ida J. Mixer in 1869."

Condition: Dress: Excellent, near perfect. One small light brown stain on bodice. Apron: Excellent. Two small brown spots and small holes where apron was pinned to shoulders of dress. 2nd Apron: Fair. Large mottled brown stain.

Measurements:    Dress: Sh-Sh, 10"; Chest, 21"; W, 19"; Dress L, 20"; Hem C, 69". Apron: L, 19"; Wd, 23". 2nd Apron: L, 18"; Wd, 21.5".

Comments: Toddler's dress closes at bodice front, short sleeves are scalloped and neckline, armscyes and waist are piped. The dress and aprons have machine and hand stitching. The machine stitching was done on an early sewing machine - the characteristic chain stitching shows on the underside. Existing calico aprons for children are very rare - even rarer to have family provenance as well as the dress which was worn with the aprons. Ida J. Mixer saved these special and personal mementos - one can assume that these charming garments brought back treasured childhood memories of little Ida learning to cook with her mother in the family kitchen.