Christening Gown, Muir Family; White, Martha (Mrs) (nee Kerr); c.1909; MT2012.6

Name/Title

Christening Gown, Muir Family

About this object

A baby's white christening gown with separate petticoat. The gown was used for the christening of the children of James and Mary (nee White) Muir, farmers of Tuturau. It was likely handmade by Mary's mother, Martha Kerr. The lace used in the trim is the same as was used on the wedding dress ensembles of both their daughter Martha, and daughter-in-law (Gwendoline) Joyce.

It became a family tradition to be christened in this gown, so for one particular ceremony, where family twins were to be christened, one baby was dressed in the gown and the other baby was dressed in the petticoat.

The gown has short sleeves, a lace inset panel, and a pin-tucked hem. It has lace on the hem and also lace running vertically down the front from waist to hem. There is a waist sash. The petticoat is sleeveless, with a pin-tucked hem trimmed with lace.

Maker

White, Martha (Mrs) (nee Kerr)

Maker Role

Needle worker

Date Made

c.1909

Place Made

New Zealand

Medium and Materials

processed material, textile, cotton

Technique

handmade

Technique

woven

Measurements

gown:
h 985mm x w 130mm
petticoat:
h 1010mm x w 160mm
large

Subject and Association Keywords

celebrations/weddings

Subject and Association Keywords

clothing/fashion/costume/dress

Subject and Association Keywords

household textiles

Subject and Association Keywords

people

Credit Line

From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated.

Object Type

clothing

Object number

MT2012.6

Rights

All rights reserved

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