Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Natural Form Era Child's Dress
From the seller:
A darling young girl’s navy blue and white stripe cotton and eyelet dress that was once worn by Evelyn Bower Man. The dress has a rare Paris Label that reads Au Bon Marche Costumes d’Enfants and is numbered 208783. The note reads 1920 but because of the style it appears to be more Edwardian in design. The dress has a high neck net lace collar. The shoulder area is trimmed with eyelet, black velvet ribbon and small crocheted balls. The sleeve cuffs are trimmed with eyelet. The waist is trimmed with black velvet that has a large black velvet bow and streamers. The skirt is decorated with a panel of eyelet and an eyelet hemline. Each are trimmed with crocheted balls. The dress is lined with cotton and has a back hook and eye closure. The dress is in good and sturdy condition. It has not been cleaned so there are scattered age marks as can be seen in the photos. Bust 30 Waist 24 Sleeve length ``10 Length from shoulder to hem 31.
From what I could find, the company was established before 1879 and was still going strong in the 1930's. I found a website for Le Bon Marche, which may be the same department store.
Most likely 1879 or slightly after.