German Boys' Decorative Garments: Sashes

Figure 1.--Here we see two very young uindentified German children. Both are wearing sashes with their dresses. One is a solid colored sash, the other is plaid. The CDV portrait was taken by Gustav Schviter in Goslar a/H. The portrait is undated, but we would guess was taken arounf 1890.

Sashes were much less common item than neckwear for boys. This as the case in Germany and other countries. American boys might wear sashes with Fauntleroy suits. But the Fauntleroy suit was not very common in Germany. Most of the sashes we see are younger children wearing dresses. Here we can often not determine gender. And we thus are not sure about the gender connotations of the sashes. We do not know if they were genfer neutral or nore common for boys or girls. Color may have been a factor, but we can not assess color in the black-and-white portraits. We also note patterns, especially plaid. Again we do not know if there were zny gender commotations.


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Created: 3:32 AM 4/19/2010
Last updated: 3:32 AM 4/19/2010