FRENCH VINTAGE LINENS AND ANTIQUES. Where You Will Find Beautiful and Unusual Vintage Linens & Apparel and Antiques from France. Christening Gown Antique Handmade with Embroidery c.Elegant Antique Christening Gown Handmade with Embroidery Long Length. We are listing today another very fine Antique Christening Gown which dates to the early to mid 1800s and which was handmade in England. This lovely gown has a high narrow bodice that reflects the fashion for ladies of the day... This fine antique gown would date by its style to around about 1825 up to perhaps about 1850 or so. In her authoritative book on the subject'Baby Wore White', Heather Toomer depicts several similar gowns, which while a bit different in detail are of this same general style.
She illustrates a similarly styled gown on page 10 of her book, a gown she dates to c. Gowns of this era were generally more'simple' in style and have a purity about them that sets them apart. I find this gown to be exceptionally elegant.The main decoration of this gown is the front bodice and sleeves which have been'ruched', the tiny pleats formed being held in place by fine stitching. Also there are diagonal bands of tiny drawn thread work and tiny embroidered flowers.
It is the sleeves that are the most charming aspect of this fine gown. They have been embellished with a double ruffle finished in the tiniest embroidered scallops.
The same scallops finish the neckline. The gown closes at the back with 2 tiny mother-of-pearl buttons.The exceptionally long skirt has been finished with a deep hem. This gown is now snowy white and the fine lawn fabric is remarkably crisp and fresh but when I found this gown it was yellowed and spotted. After much soaking and careful hand washing and after being dried in the French sunshine, it is now clean and bright white. Please study the photos carefully for the details of this gown and if you wish, we can supply you with as many more as you would like showing this gown in much greater detail. This lovely gown is, for a Christening gown of well over 150 years old and of this superb quality, in excellent condition. You will find on careful inspection a few very tiny and well made repairs to the very full skirt but these are Truly not noticeable being lost in the voluminous folds of the skirt. This gown would be entirely and beautifully wearable for a Christening. 20 inches around at the underarms and at the raised waist.
This gown would likely fit an average baby from about 3 months to 12 months or so, depending on body type... But please do check measurements. The gown measures an exceptionally long 48 inches long from shoulder to hem, the longest gown we have had in the shop. It will give it a lovely drape when baby is carried to the altar.
This simple and'pure' yet elegant gown is for a very special baby's Christening and will surely be handed down for generations as a cherished family heirloom. It will require a signature on receipt for your extra security. So far we have had 100% satisfaction with our items. Please take a minute to have a look at our Feedback. To that end we make every effort to describe our items accurately and fully and to note any small flaws which are inevitable in these vintage items.
Also please see our Comments on Condition and Pricing below. We welcome and encourage your questions regarding measurements, condition, etc. We will respond in the shortest time possible.That will be attached to your parcel. For the protection of our customers and ourselves. We are a fully liscensed and legal business in France. Our Siret Number is 502590573.00015. Comments on the Condition of the items we sell. Virtually all the items we sell are "vintage" which means they have, in the majority of cases, been used, and are at least 50 to 75, and occasionally even more than 100 years old. Having said that, we do not sell items that are so used that they are obviously heavily worn, faded, or too fragile to use.
Almost all our items were made by hand in France during the first half of the last century--most would date from between about 1890 and 1950, although it is quite difficult to be certain of an exact date in most cases. It would be quite unusual to find this kind of fine hand work in France after about 1960.Again because these items are Vintage they have, in the vast majority of cases, been used. Still it is inevitable that occasionally there may be a hardly noticable tiny pin dot stain or a tiny rend on any given item. We always carefully launder and iron our items and in doing so inspect them carefully for a second time. If we notice a small flaw on an item we put that in my description. It is our hope that our customers understand that we would not and do not sell items which are not clean or have evident large stains or tears. But please do understand that because the items we sell are Vintage, and usually are at least 50 to 75 years old, they are rarely absolutely "pristine and perfect" as if they were new.
Like all fine antiques, they will have their own sort of patina. Some sellers do sell these vintage items in the state in which they find them and of course they inform their customers of that fact. Because the items we sell are generally much sought after here in France and abroad, they are becoming more rare, and certainly more difficult to find. We travel far and wide in our region of France to visit flea markets, brocantes, antique shops and private sellers. We visit Paris from time to time, and we search for these rare items in other areas of France when possible.Our travel costs to seek out new items are significant. Very importantly for our customers, I spend a great deal of time laundering and ironing the items we sell. This always involves lots of energy both electrical and mine! And time, and often requires specialized laundry products which can be costly. Finally we are a legal business here in France.
For all these reasons, the prices of these vintage items may seem a bit high--but the fact is that almost all these items are rare and special by virtue of being Handmade. Many are virtual works of art, (some are actually of museum quality), having been made entirely by hand by highly skilled, but sadly now unknown, seamstresses and embroiderers. These skilled craftswomen have all but entirely disappeared.
This kind of French hand work is virtually a Lost Art and these items are rare. Still, in the face of the expenses involved in running our business, we do our best to keep our prices as reasonable as possible because it really is a great pleasure to package something very beautiful and very special and send it off to someone who will appreciate a lovely European Treasure From the Past. VINTAGE FRENCH LINENS AND ANTIQUES. We invite you to visit us again soon to see the new items we regularly add.
The item "Christening Gown Antique Handmade with Embroidery c. 1830'Georgian Style' Simple" is in sale since Friday, November 9, 2018.This item is in the category "Clothing, Shoes & Accessories\Baby\Baby & Toddler Clothing\Christening Clothing". The seller is "2007nanb" and is located in Castelnau de Guers. This item can be shipped worldwide.