FRENCH VINTAGE LINENS AND ANTIQUES. Where You Will Find Beautiful and Unusual Vintage Linens & Apparel and Antiques from France. Exceptional Heirloom Antique Ayrshire Christening Gown.Antique Ayrshire Christening Gown Handmade and Hand Embroidered Heirloom Quality. This is an exceptional example of a fine Antique Ayrshire Christening Gown of the highest quality. This gown, entirely handmade and hand embroidered, is a Christening gown from the 19th century and is of the type known as Ayrshire. These gowns were made in the Ayrshire region of Scotland beginning in the early 1800s by local women, generally farmers or coal miners wives. The embroidery on this gown is a charming example of this type of needlework, remarkable for its elegant design, and exquisite workmanship.
This fine antique gown would date by its style to around 1850/60. It has been entirely handmade of an exceptionally fine cotton lawn and it is still amazingly'fresh'. But in fact all the seams, everything, the embroidery, everything has been done by a long-ago seamstress just with her needle and thread over 150 years ago.
The front panel of this Ayrshire gown which is very unusual with it's'waterfall' design has been embroidered with an exquisitely worked stylized floral motif. The bodice, the 5 panels forming the skirt, the'robings' (the long ruffles at each side of the front panel), the neckline ruffle and the sleeves have all been lavishly hand embroidered with dainty flowers, the edges finished in scallops. This embroidery work is exceptionally fine. The kind of embroidery one sees here, exquisite, delicate and fine, still doesn't seem possible to me, even after years of familiarity with it.
The stitches are tiny, perfect, and even, with no pulling at all of the fabric around them. It remains a mystery to me, after all these years, as to how this level of needlework could have been learned and executed in a single lifetime. This gown is made of very fine cotton fabric which is lovely and white. This gown is without stain.
I see two tiny and finely made repairs that you will have to hunt for and just a few tiny holes lost in the folds of the very full skirt. This lovely gown has evidently been very carefully stored and cared for. We do always caution that you may find some other tiny flaw as this is an antique gown... But on close inspection, I have found no other flaws other than those mentioned.
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 exceptionally fine condition and would be entirely wearable for a Christening. Storage of this gown should be such as that used to store heirloom bridal gowns. 42 1/2 inches long from shoulder to hem which will give it a lovely drape when baby is carried to the altar.
18 inches around at the waist, approx. 20 inches around the chest at the underarms and 9 inches across at the shoulders. The sleeve openings are approx.This gown would likely fit an average baby from about 3 months to up to about 9 months or so, depending on body type... But please do check measurements. This charming and very elegant gown is for a very special baby's Christening and will surely be handed down for generations as a Cherished Family Heirloom.
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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 "Exceptional Heirloom Antique Ayrshire Christening Gown Handmade with Embroidery" is in sale since Thursday, September 13, 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.