Figure 1.-- George Walter Oakley was born about 1851-53. This Daguerreotype portrait according to the Wisconsin Historica Society (WHS) was probaly taken about 1856-58. We might have dated in a little earlir. George looks to be about 5 years old. He lived in Madison Wisconsin. That at the time was the Western frointier just before the Civil War. Georfge wears a plaid tunic with a ruffled collar. A reader tells us it was called a pie-crust collar, The tunic has a set-in fabric belt with draws in the waistline. Tunics without the belt apprently were called 'sacques'. There are pearl buttons and buttons with rosettes. The short sleeves are edged with ribbin runbching.

George Walter Oakley (United States, c1850 - )

George Walter Oakley was born about 1851-53. This Daguerreotype portrait according to the Wisconsin Historica Society (WHS) was probaly taken about 1856-58. We might have dated in a little earlir. George looks to be about 5 years old. He lived in Madison Wisconsin. That at the time was a town on the Western frontier just before the Civil War. George wears a plaid tunic with a ruffled collar. A reader tells us it was called a pie-crust collar, The tunic has a set-in fabric belt with draws in the waistline. Tunics without the belt apprently were called 'sacques'. There are pearl buttons and buttons with rosettes. The short sleeves are edged with ribbin runbching. It is a more highly decorated tunic than we usually see. Notice the short, open tunic sleeves and the full blouse sleeves. We see this in both women's and girls' dress sleves and boys' tunuics and other garment during the 1840s-50s, here we need to confirm the chronology. The white, shirt like farment was probably a cambric shirt probably buttined to the trousers waistband. The sleeves ppear to be gathered to a band at both the elbow and wrist. We can see Geoirge's fark trouses wich almost certainly were long trousers. Notice that George's hais longish down to his ears and has two parts.







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