Category Archives: 1870s

Southern Boy’s suit

This mid 19th century era boy’s suit is in the collection of The American Textile Museum. It is a fabulous example of what boys past the breeching age were wearing in the American South.

Notice how the shirt buttons to the trousers’ waistband. This construction style originates in the late 18th/early 19th century with the introduction of the skeleton suit (a style specifically designed for children). This mid 19th century version is neat and non fussy, allows for minimal fabric waste, and maximum freedom of movement. Garment details as follows:


Maker/Author: Brockman, Ann Elizabeth

Place Made: USA: VA, Charlottesville

Date Made: 1865-1867

Suit; cotton, includes a shirt (A) of red and white gingham check, and trousers (B) of blue and white ticking. Shirt (A), rounded neck. Center front opening with seven white buttons. Long sleeves with banded cuffs, single button closure. Banded waist with seven buttons used to attach trousers. Trousers (B), banded waist with ten buttonholes. Side pockets on either hip.

New design! 1870s dress

Just out of the studio! Our NEW 1870s ERA RURAL DRESS!

This gown features a loose fitting bodice, bell shaped sleeves and a full skirt cut in the 1870s era style! Made of authentic 100% cotton print, this dress is brand new for the 2015 season!

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1860s Glengarry cap

While browsing Ebay, I can across this gorgeous ORIGINAL 1860s era glengarry cap. Made of straw, this style cap was the highest of fashion and most likely came from Europe. Take a look at the intricate detailing of the beadwork trim and fantastic straw floral embellishments! A beautiful example of a period glengarry!

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This item was found on Ebay July 27, 2015 with an asking price of $165.00

Victorian Era bonnet

This light weight half bonnet is a great choice for ladies not wanting to wear a full bonnet. Our Victorian era straw bonnet is open at the back and allows room for showing off curls, braids, and other lavish hairstyles. It is features millinery wire at the base and brim to allow adjustability in fit and shape. Our half bonnet is one of our most popular styles.


This black lace half bonnet is headed for a client in Oregon. If you would like more information about how to order a bonnet like this, please visit our website at or email us at


Mid 19th century day dress

This gown is our American South dress and is a popular choice for every day wear for the 1840s-1870s. It is shown over our standard petticoat and features wooden buttons down the center front. We created a matching straw half bonnet (ML2) to complete the ensemble.


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Mid Century Boy’s Clothing

We recently completed two sets of trousers, shirt, and suspenders for a museum in Norway. You can find more information about our historical children’s clothing at



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Victorian lace bonnet

A replay of our popular all white bonnet! Lovely point d’esprit and straw half bonnet trimmed with vintage venetian lace and floral satin rosettes! Sheer white floral cotton ties are super soft under the chin! Perfect for a summer afternoon picnic!

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