The skirt is a gloriously full confection beginning just below the raised waist. The maker of this exquisite gown has inserted bands of lace down the front and back of the gown and finally finished all around the entire very full skirt with a deeply scalloped band of handmade lace to stunning effect. Again I want to repeat that this gown has been entirely hand sewn using the finest materials.
This kind of needlework is rare indeed these days, but this is a stunning example of the finest work from long ago. Also I'd like to add that gowns like this don't grow on trees. We must hunt diligently for them, and we find a gown of comparable quality perhaps 5 or 6 times a year... And when we do we generally must pay a premium for them.But we determined when we began our business to try to present the highest quality possible. This gown is an example of that. We know that it a costly thing... But it also a Rare thing of great beauty and workmanship... A fine antique work of art in its own right. This gown measures a generous 24 inches around at the underarms and 7 1/2 inches across at the shoulders. The sleeve openings measure approx.
36 inches from the shoulder to the hem and a magnificent full 105 inches around at the hem giving this gown a beautiful and graceful sweeping drap when baby is carried to the altar. Because we cannot assign sizes to these vintage items, please check your measurements carefully. We can say that we believe this gown would fit a baby of up to about 6 to 8 months and possibly a few months beyond according to body type. We would mention that the top button might need to be left un-fastened but otherwise the gown would be roomy enough for most younger babies. As always we suggest, and in this case would rather insist, that if this gown is to be used for a Christening that it have a petticoat made to wear under it to give protection and support.
As well a petticoat gives elegance and body to the gown showing it to best advantage. This gown likely had a silk petticoat originally but we will include a pretty one in fine cotton that fits nicely under this gown. Finally this gown, is in excellent condition, clean with no holes or repairs which is also exceptional for a gown this age. You will possibly find a few tiny breaks in the lace here and there but there is nothing serious or evident because of the lavishness of the lace.This lovely and truly unusual French Christening gown will come to you freshly hand laundered using fine quality French hypoallergenic soap and will be ironed, fresh, clean,, and ready to use. All in all this is an exceptionally fine and elegant French Christening gown, a magnificent creation for the baptism of a lovely, and much loved, baby and it will be treasured for generations to come as a fine family heirloom. 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 "French Antique Christening Gown Hand Sewn with Hand Made Lac" is in sale since Tuesday, December 17, 2019. This item is in the category "Clothing, Shoes & Accessories\Baby\Baby & Toddler Clothing\Christening Clothing". The seller is "2007nanb" and is located in Fontès. This item can be shipped worldwide.