Christening Gown

Woonton, Frances (b.1823, d.1902)
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Object detail

Fine white cotton christening gown. Decorated panel at the bottom. False hems with a Broderie Anglaise scalloped edge. Gathered waist. Two bands of eyelet embroidery down the front. White ribbon around the waist. Yoke is decorative panel of cut work (ripped and sewn back together). Sleeves are made from fine material with eyelet embroidery decorations. Slit back is fastened by cotton tape at the neck and waist.

Gown was hand sewn by Mrs Jas. Woonton in England.

The gown was used for christening outfits by 4 children of Frances Woonton (1823-1902) and James Woonton (1819-1902) who married in England 1846. Their children were Susan Woonton (1847-1854), Fanny Woonton (1849-1943), Thomas Henry Woonton (1853-1940) and Bessie Grace Woonton (1867-1944, christened at St Lukes on 2 July 1867). Fanny Woonton jnr married James Reid in 1871 and they had 8 children who were all christened in this gown- Francis Jane, James David, Robert William, Fanny Charlotte, Albert Woonton, Amy Bessie, Annie Millicent, Nellie Muriel. Bessie Grace married William Holmes Hartley and had 6 children who were christened in this gown- Ina Woonton, Arthur Frederick, Linda Gertrude, Lila Constance, Vera Frances and Frank William. 8 great great grandchildren were also christened in this gown.
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Collection type
Cotton, ribbon
Display measurements
H 1070mm x W 330mm x D 50mm (if hung as in picture, sleeves are widest point)

264mm decorated panel
23mm wide eyelet embroidery
18mm false hem
24mm wide ribbon
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Current Rights
Culture Waitaki Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence
Organisation Credit Line
Collection of the Waitaki Museum. Id 5351


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