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Laced Boots, c1890; Fine grade leather (calfskin), brass nails, canvas lining. Label: Stamped on sole: 10 1/2 E; stamped in ink on lining: 10 1/2, 3895 and 02. Measurements: 8" L; 2 1/4" W; 5 5/8" H including 3/8" heel. Comments: Leather has a marvelous patina and rich color on these museum quality children's boots. Workmanship and design are of the highest standard.

Dress,1865–1870,American; cotton, silk. Dimensions: Length at CB: 16 1/4 in. Length at CB: 14 1/2 in. Waist: 21 in.

Image 1 of 2: Dress, 1850–55; American: wool, silk Dimensions: Length at CB: 22 in. This is nice, well-made example of a stylish boys garment from the period when both boys and girls wore dresses as toddlers. During this time it was considered a coming of age when boys could graduate to wearing pants.

French lace christening robe #2, ca. 1860-80 ... photo courtesy the Metropolitian Museum of Art costume collection

Image 2 of 2: Dress, 1820-29; American, cotton. The dress and pantalettes seen here are made of a handsome fabric. The pantalettes are particularly interesting because of their construction, which includes shoulder straps. These straps are for convenience and assure the stability of the garment.