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Catalog Number 2010.171.015Q
Description Cotton Baby Smock, c. 1920s. Simple off-white cotton smock with pink ribbon edging and tie ribbon at neck. When piece is laid flat it has five "lobes," but when it is draped over a doll the lobes form sleeves, and the front and back of the piece. Item appears hand-made. Most likely used for dressing baby dolls. Both sleeves have reinforced ribbon sewn mid-sleeve. One sleeve is folded at the shoulder, while the other is open.
Object Name Smock
Collection 3D - Clothing
Title Cotton Baby Smock, c. 1920s
Date c. 1920s
Creator Unknown
Role Fiber Artist
Inscription Text none
Provenance Baby clothes of Helen Neuling Guido, and photograph of infant Helen in same clothing, 1920.
Notes "The smock did not originate as a child's garment or as an outer garment. It was from the beginning, however, a protective garment. The smock is actually the most basic of all undergarments and the one with the longest history. The word 'smock' is an old English word for a shift or chemise, hence the word 'smocking' came to be applied to the ornamental gathering of the necks of these garments. The earliest smocks were simple shirt-like garments and came into being in Anglo-Saxon times. Many European countries also used smocking on their garments.The words smock, shirt, shift, and chemise all refer to the same garment except that shirt appears to refer to a man's garment, smock and shift a woman's, and chemise, a French woman's. The purpose of these is all the same: to protect the rich fabrics of the upper garments from body oil and perspiration." [ 3/23/2017]
Dimensions H-19.25 W-23 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms Baby
Baby Bib
Guido, Helen Neuling
Subjects Clothing & dress
People Guido, Helen Neuling