I’m a little early for Sepia Saturday #40, but I know I’m going to be busy tomorrow. This 1864-1868 vintage CdV features a girl of about five to eight years old. Her dress is a typical gathered front bodice with short petal sleeves and a full skirt gathered to a waistband. It likely buttoned down her back. The dress is adorned with yards of braid work. It is possible her mother found the trim pre-made because the swirls appear to be very uniform, but it is also possible that her mother tacked all that trim down by hand. You can see her eyelet trimmed pantlets peeking out below the hem of her skirt, white stockings and black kid leather shoes.
This style of dress was popular for boys and girls from the 1850s up to the 1880s, but we know this is an 1860s photo because of the square trim border on the card.
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