I was over at friend's house working on VBS craft projects. Later she gave me a tour her house. In her bedroom, sitting on a chair, was an antique doll wearing this christening gown. The doll and the dress had been in an antique cradle but she had moved it after the cats decided to sleep on the dress. OMG!
I very nicely volunteered to clean the dress....Ok, I was probably a little pushy but she agreed when she saw me doing the happy dance in her bedroom.
I soaked the dress in a Biz Bucket for 2 days. I changed the solution about every 8 hours(the water was brown).
I am making a guesstimate of 1880 or earlier as the date of the dress because it has a scooped neck and drawstrings at the neck and waist. Anyone else have any ideas?
There is some damage to the dress from age (not the cats). I am in the process of stabilizing the areas that are damaged.