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Object Name APRON
Catalog Number 0985.13.01073
Description Child apron made of black silk and net, with two pockets. The center front waistline is ten inches long and gathered. The ties are eleven inches long; one has a hand-made blossom attached to the end. The blossom was made first, then attached and faced with net. A floral pattern black silk applique decorates the apron center. The applique is hand-stitched to a net background using a running stitch, invisible from the outside. The applique edges are decorated by a machined button hole stitch. Three rows of decorative button hole stitch run parallel to the silk applique. The two sections are separated by a section of net about three inches wide. Two pockets in the center front panel consist of black net with black silk applique. The applique pieces are "U" shaped, placed in the pocket center, and decorated with loops of button hole stitch. The looped button hole stitch is also on pocket top and bottom. The outer and lower sections are faced with net. There is no facing on the center panel. The outer edges are hand-hemmed. Silk button hole thread is used to handsew the applique pieces to the background. The net is round mesh ground pattern. (1). A hand-made blossom, 2.5" in diameter, is attached to the center of the front waistband. It is difficult to determine the net fiber content. The choices available during apron time frame were silk, cotton, and possibly rayon. (2). Rayon was first available during the early 20th century. The fiber is probably cotton as the appearance is dull, no sheen that it characteristic of silk.
Dimensions L-18 inches
Owned Gooch family
Provenance Child's apron that belonged to a female member of the Gooch family of Louisa County, Virginia. Probably Mary Evelina Toler Gooch (b. 1834), or her sisters, Martha "Mattie" F. Gooch Vaughan (b. 1837) or Elizabeth "Bettie" Pollard Gooch (b. 1839); or possibly Mary's daughter, Susie Lightfoot Gooch Anderson (Mrs. George K. Anderson) (b. 1860).
People Gooch family
Subjects children
Clothing & dress