Christening Gown

Description
This white infant’s dress with short raglan sleeves was made by African American dressmaker Elizabeth Keckley for her goddaughter Alberta Elizabeth Lewis-Savoy in 1866. The neckline has two rows of casing with a narrow gathering ribbon. The center back opens with ribbon ties and a placket. The back waist is detailed with four rows of gathering ribbon and the front waistband is covered with lace, which is partially stitched down. A full skirt with twenty pleats is gathered to the waistband. Handmade Bucks point bobbin lace trims the sleeves and hem.
date made
1866
wearer
Lewis, Alberta Elizabeth
maker
Keckley, Elizabeth
place sewn
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
place made
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
bobbin lace (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
center back: 38 1/2 in; 97.79 cm
hem width: 60 in; 152.4 cm
inseam arm to hem: 34 1/2 in; 87.63 cm
waistband: 16 1/2 in; 41.91 cm
ID Number
1983.0853.01
accession number
1983.0853
catalog number
1983.0853.01
Credit Line
Gift of Ida M. Savoy Anderson
subject
African American
Christening
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Exhibition
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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