Bathing dress trousers for a doll

Accession Loan No.
84/2010/2
Collection Class
Toys dolls and games
Common Name
bathing dress trousers for a doll
Simple Name
bathing dress
Full Name
doll’s bathing dress trousers
Dimensions
whole length 245 mm; whole width 340 mm
Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901)
Production Year Low
1880
Production Year High
1900
Production Country
United Kingdom: England
Production Area Region
Northern Europe
Production Continent
Europe
Family Group

Material
wool; metal

    There are 6 comments

    • Zainab, from Saudi Arabia
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      We have toys like this. Girls play together [and pretend that one is the doll’s mother].

    • Zainab, from Saudi Arabia
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      All sorts. Maybe a [one-piece swimsuit], maybe pyjamas…. Some women don’t like to swim with men, just with women, so they might go to a different beach.

    • Ruth Gidley, Moving Here
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      What would they wear?

    • Zainab, from Saudi Arabia
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      Yes.

    • Ruth Gidley, Moving Here
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      In Saudi Arabia, do women swim in the sea?

    • Shelley Tobin, RAMM Assistant Curator of Costume
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      This is a doll’s outfit. It is a bathing costume. [Until the early 1900s it wasn’t considered the right thing for a lady to do to actually swim. Costumes like this would be worn into the sea just for dipping or paddling.] …Normally the jacket was long, like a dress, and you would wear shoes like espadrilles with lacing up the legs, and a hat or cap.

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