vintage collar

1850 Civil War Whitework Embroidery Collar For Chemise Nightgown

SKU: CCwhwk50
Weight: 0.75 LBS
Height: 6.00 Inches
Width: 8.00 Inches
Depth: 1.00 Inches
Availability: Ships in 2 days

The study of early 19th century whitework embroidery can be quite intriguing.  The precision of each stitch is a testament to the skill of the needle worker.

The Gatherings is offering a lovely 19th century Victorian yoke collar (about 1850 / Civil War era) made for either a chemise or night gown. The fabric is either a fine cotton or a blend of cotton and linen.  The yoke was made to fit a wide scoop neck garment with opening at the front.

The fabric (two layers thick) was stenciled  in a flower, meandering leaf design.  The needlework is to marvel...with  tiny open cutwork, filled with button hole stitch.  The scalloped edge is completed with tiny button hole stitches also.   A beautiful visual piece. 

Length of the collar, from one opening to the other is 37" in length.  Width at the front edge opening is 5" wide, narrowing to 2-1/2" at the shoulder and 1-1/2" at the center back. 

Condition:  Except for two tiny cutwork rounds which were never opened or worked, the embroidery is complete.  These rounds appear on either side of the collar, at the top front opening.  I assumed they were never meant to be worked.  The yoke is just as found ~ meaning straight from the work basket with oxidation stains from storage.  With a good soaking this would all launder out.  I will leave to someone else as many have their own methods of tackling 150 years of storage stains.

A discerning piece for research or museum display. 


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