Cuff and Partial Sleeve, Europe, circa 1850

Cuff and Partial Sleeve, Europe, circa 1850

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cuff and sleeve: 7” x 11” • framed size: 10¼” x 14¼” • price: $340

Another example from the grouping of 19th century hand-stitched schoolgirl clothing and related examples is this linen cuff and partial sleeve, with buttonholes, fine tucking and feather-stitching.

Young girls in charity schools and orphanages in various European countries learned practical hand sewing and tailoring skills that could be applied to a future career in service or to the obvious expectations that they would be able to make clothing as a wife and mother. Lessons resulted in the production of small items of clothing and other small examples that were proof of the student’s skills.

Now conservation mounted and framed.

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