*** English boy clothes -- decorative items sashes

English Boys' Garments: Decorative Items -- Sashes

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Figure 1.--This CDV portrait shows a child only identified as ELG wearing a darrk dress with a ruffled collar and wide plaid sash--notice the big bow ar back. The portrait was dated February 6, 1884. It is notable in that we see Fauntlerpy styling a year before Mrs. Burnett's book was published. Notice how the sash id tied in a huge bow in the back. The studio was Charles Keeping in Exe Bridge, Exeter, Devon.

We do not have much information on the sashes worn by English children. Of course this mean mostly sashes wotn by girls in dresses. The sashes would have been in additioin to the waist band most dresses had and tied in a bow at the back, rather like the "Song of Misic lline, girls in white sresses with blue satin sashes. They would have been a dressy additioin for special evnts like parties. As best we can tell, they were more common in Engkand than America based on the photographic record. Of course we do not only see blue sashes on white dresses, we see sashes on dark dresses as well. Unfortunately, we can not make out the colors with the black and white photography of the day. So e are not sure about the popular colors. We do note plaid sashes as well as solid colored sashes. We do not think red sashes were very common for girls. While sashes were primarily eorn by girls, some boys also had sashes. Gainsborough's Blue Boy had a sash, although you have to look cloely to see it. We believe that some boys wore sashes with skeleton suits, but cannot conform it, largely because of the lack of photography during the eraly 19th century when skeleton suits were prevalent. English boys also wore sashes with skirted garments. We note a portrait of Eliza Crawshay and her son painted in 1864. We do see English boys wearing sashes with Fauntleroy suits, often red sashes. Fauntleroy suits were more common in America, but wearing sashed with them was nore common in England. A good examole is John Trueman Brooke Waller in 1892. Sargent painted the 9th Duke of Marlborough and his wife Consuella Vanderbilt with their two sons, the Marquess of Blandford and Lord Ivor Spencer-Churchill. Blandford wore a yellow Fauntkeroy suit waith a sash. A special case in England is that some boys wore Scottish kilts with sashes.


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