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23 August 2013

Clothing of the Working Class: The Cranberry Girl

This is another from Walker, c. 1814. To me, it looks like she’s wearing a blue bedgown with short sleeves, black mitts, a white apron, a brownish-red (dare I say puce?) petticoat, a red handkerchief, black half-boots, and a chip-straw bonnet with blue ribbons.

I could, however, also make a case for the blue gown being of a front-fastening style from the turn of the century like the one pictured below. It’s just that it wasn’t the norm for these to be worn over a colored petticoat.


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