Broderie Anglaise II
Thought any readers I still have left (life is busy here), might like a look at this little treasure. It is a handmade dress and cape in Broderie Anglaise from the Sarah Carter Collection at Old Gippstown.
There is a full-size photograph HERE. It is a dress almost totally covered in hand-made Broderie Anglaise to fit a child about four (at a guess).
When I think about it, I can remember seeing photographs of children in dresses like this from the 1870s to the 1890s - maybe later. Must look at some of them again.
What also makes it more interesting is that I now know a little more about Broderie Anglaise. I was working in another collection, in another town, and we were looking at some similar items there, then another cataloguer talked about how it was made - her mother-in-law used to do it. They poked little holes with a spike she said, and then button-holed around the hole.
And, what was more, she still had her mother-in-law's tool. So she went home and brought it back:
This little pick (which is probably larger on the screen than in real life, was made from ivory. And, would you believe, this is just under 4cm long.
I am still waiting to see a piece of work from the original owner of this tool - that will be special indeed. I wonder do they have a proper name????