Mary wears contrary clothing

Mary is dressed for the occasion at Market Lavington Museum

Mary is dressed for the occasion at Market Lavington Museum

This doll – we call her Mary – is one of two youngsters making use of our venerable pram/pushchair. This is a venerable vehicle, but today we concentrate on Mary and what she is wearing. She is part of our mixed display this year called ‘dressed for the occasion’. We have varied clothes from different historic periods that might have been worn on some of those special occasions. Mary has assorted ‘Sunday Best’ clothes on.

We can’t see much of her dress but we believe it is a best dress, made of white lawn and dating from the 1880s or 90s.

The coat that Mary is wearing covers most of the dress. The coat is in flannel with lace at the cuffs and round the square neckline. But the most notable feature is the lovely blue embroidery. Surely any little girl would have been proud to wear this coat. It dates from about 1890.

It is the white bonnet that has a different date. It is in very pale blue, so is a good colour match for the coat, but it is twenty years newer – dating from about 1910.

You can come and meet Mary and the rest of our dressed people by visiting the upstairs room at the museum.

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