And while we were looking at some scraps of ancient lace, probably hand made- which I didn't let her make me discard- I commented to her that I had a family frock in the cupboard, which none of mine had ever worn, and that it will be over 100 years old.
'Can I see? Now? please?' so up we went and got out of the cupboard, the hangers with dress, and Christening robe, and Christening cape.
The pretty faux pocket, It is just so beautiful. I shall let the pictures tell their tale.
|This sleeve is cut in one piece, with fullness at the top and gathered into the 'cuff' which has been embroidered and lapped, but is not a separate piece of fabric.|
Have I bored you rigid yet?
The other pieces she had to investigate were the Christening set. We know my grandfather wore this robe, and cape, and my father, and his brother and sister, and my brother all wore it, and my three children too. I know these Victorian Christening robes are quite common, but the cape, made from nun's veiling, and originally lined with silk, is less comon.
This broderie anglaise type trim is lovely, and the tucks are a lovely detail.
This is the cape. At some point there was a matching bonnet, but that disappeared in the way things do. I believe the ensemble was lent out to various folks, and at some stage the bonnet went awol.
On this picture you cn see the triangle of silk Granny salvaged, and the silk tassel, only one of which survives.
I hope you enjoy seeing these pieces, I am glad to have put them on record, anyway.
I wonder how many other babies may get the use of them in the future, before they get too fragile to be used.