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~ Antique Ayrshire Christening Gown~


This is a very charming and very fine Antique Ayrshire Christening Gown which would have been made in Scotland... but remarkably I found this one in France. This would be because these gowns were exported to the entire world...they even turn up in America from time to time.

This gown is a handmade and hand embroidered Christening gown from the early 19th century and is of the type known as Ayrshire. These gowns were made in Scotland beginning in the early 1800s by the local women, generally farmers or coal miners wives of the Ayrshire area. The 'white work' embroidery on the gown is a truly exceptional example of this type of needlework, remarkable for its lavish abundance.


This fine antique gown would date by its style to around 1840-1850.

This gown has been entirely handmade of a very fine cotton batiste and it is still amazingly 'fresh'. I have given this gown a gentle handwash and dried it in the French sunshine and truly it is bright white and looks almost 'new.'

But in fact all the seams, everything, the embroidery, everything has been done by a long-ago seamstress just with her needle and thread over 150 years ago.


The vee-shaped front panel typical of these gowns has been lavishly embroidered with an exquisitely worked stylized floral motif with leaves so finely worked as to be more like lace. On either side of the vee panel are dainty 'robings' embroidered as well with tiny little flowers and scallops.

I think the most special thing about this entirely special gown is the charming detail of the sleeves. Over each shoulder is more astonishingly intricate and lavish embroidery-work like that on the bodice. Then each sleeve is finished with a charming frill The time that would have been required to do the embroidery work for just one sleeve is awe-inspiring.

The same floral motifs from the bodice have been used on the wonderfully lavish embroidery work that covers the lower central front panel of this fine gown and travels up to a fine point just below the raised waist. Embroidered robings like those on the bodice descend from the slightly raised waist down each side of the central panel.

The kind of embroidery one sees here, exquisite, delicate and fine, still doesn't seem possible to me, even after years of familiarity with it, . The stitches are tiny, perfect, and even, with no pulling at all of the fabric around them. It remains a mystery to me, after all these years, as to how this level of needlework could have been learned and executed in a single lifetime.


The fabric is snowy white and it is without stain. I see no holes and no repairs anywhere on the gown. . This lovely gown has evidently been very carefully stored and cared for.

Please study the photos carefully for the details of this gown
and if you wish, we can supply you with as many more as you would like showing this gown in much greater detail

This lovely gown is, for a Christening gown of well over 150 years old and of this superb quality,
in exceptionally fine condition and would be entirely wearable for a Christening. I would strongly suggest however that you have petticoat made to wear under the gown to support and protect it. Such an underslip will help to show the embroidery to best advantage as well. Also if the gown has a petticoat underneath, the ties at the back can, if desired, be tied looser giving an extra inch to inch and a half of extra room without this being noticable.

Any good seamstress (perhaps a grandmother!) could easily make such a petticoat. A lovely tradition is to embroider the names of the babies who were Christened in the gown on the petticoat along with the date. Storage of this gown should be such as that used to store heirloom bridal gowns.


The gown measures 43 inches long from shoulder to hem which will give it a lovely drap when baby is carried to the altar.

It measures 20 inches around at the slightly raised waist, 20 inches around the chest at the underarms and it is 8 1/2 inches across at the shoulders. The sleeve opening are 6 inches around
This gown would likely fit an average baby from about 3 months to up to about 1 yr or so, depending on body type...but please do check measurements.


This magnificent gown is for a very special baby's Christening

and will surely be handed down for generations as a cherished family heirloom.


Price: $875.00

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Antique Ayrshire Christening Gown Exceptional Embroidery


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Material: cotton
  • Ships worldwide from France
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