Victorian Christening Gowns



2015-06-26 10:30:39

Victorian Christening Gowns are garments worn by infants during the Victorian era.


Brief history and description

Christening gowns first became popular during the Victorian era (circa 1837 to 1901), and were commonly used to dress small children or babies for Christening ceremonies.

During the 18th century, Christening gowns were created from various materials such as silk or satin. During the 19th century, Christening gowns were typically created from cotton and tended to feature more elaborate and fine-detailed embroideries. By the middle of the 19th century, the design of the Christening gown transformed to include lace, bibs and pintucks.

Celtic/Irish Christening gowns from the Victorian era may also feature Celtic designs, knots or crosses.

Guide for collectors

Victorian Christening gowns that are sold with various other articles of clothing from the Victorian era are considered to be the most rare and valuable. Victorian Christening gowns which feature lace, bibs, pintucks or embroidery are considered to be more valuable.

Restoration of a Victorian Christening gown is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring the gown may decrease its value.

For more information regarding Victorian Christening gowns, visit White-Works official website, the Little Doves' official website or Antique Linen's official website.


Skinner in Massachusetts sold a lot of two Victorian Christening gowns along with various other Victorian and Edwardian white cotton and linen articles of clothing such as bloomers, pinafores and petticoats for $500 in June of 2006.

Eastbourne Auction Rooms in East Sussex sold a collection of Victorian Christening gowns, some of which featured lace and embroidered decorations for £180 in March of 2008.

Gorringes in Lewes, England sold two Victorian white lawn Christening gowns as well as six Victorian night gowns for £90 in April of 2005.

Bonhams in Knowle sold an early Victorian Christening gown featuring hand embroidered decorations, a bib, a dagged edge skirt and lace along with a 1940s baby gown for £40 in June of 2005.

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