Irma G. Bowen Historic Clothing Collection
 

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Creator

Unknown

Date Created

1845-1865

Subject

Costume accessories; Costume components; Cuffs

Medium

Cotton mull

Description

1845-1865. White cotton mull engageantes (undersleeves) with Vandyke edging (deep decorative V-shaped points) on the cuffs. The body of the engageante is a rectangle of plain-woven sheer fabric hemmed at the top edge, without being gathered, and sewn into a tube. The bottom edge has a separate, white-on white embroidered Vandyke trim (9.5 cm / 3.75 in. peaks and 5.1 cm / 2 in. valleys), and both are tightly gathered as one unit to the flat cuff. The points of the Vandyke trim are tacked back onto the sleeve on one engageante, and the tacking stitches have been cut or given away on the other. The cuff is finished on the short ends with a narrow double-folded hem and on the long sides with a rolled hem secured with a blanket stitch; it is also embroidered. Hand-sewn.

Extent

Circumference of top: 36.8 cm / 14.5 in.
Circumference of cuff: 17.1 cm / 6.75 in.
Length of sleeve: 27.9 cm / 11 in.
Depth of cuff: 3.2 cm / 1.25 in.

Museum Number

341

Publisher

University of New Hampshire Library

Contributor

Astrida Schaeffer, photographer/curator

Date Digitized

3-5-2019

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License

Comments

The Irma G. Bowen Historic Clothing Collection digital catalog was produced by the UNH Library Digital Collection Initiative, supported in part by a grant from the Mooseplate program and New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Additional funding provided by the E. Ruth Buxton Stephenson Memorial Fund.
Photography copyright, Astrida Schaeffer.

Keywords

Engageantes, Cuffs (costume components), 1845-1865, Cotton mull, White (color), Vandyke edging, Embroidery, Hand-sewn

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