We have a large and varied collection of Victorian textiles and clothing at the Clayson House Museum. The largest group of clothing we have are women’s dresses. We also have hats, shoes, lingerie, stockings, parasols, shawls, mantles, coats, purses, and other accessories. There is a nice collection of children’s and baby clothing as well. There is a limited amount of men’s clothing in our textile collection, though we have many military uniforms, caps, helmets, etc. Wedding dresses are one of our specialties and we go beyond the Victorian era with those, especially ones worn by Palatine women. Also in our collection are home textiles such as table linens, doilies, hand towels, pillow shams, quilts and even a fur carriage robe.
A wedding is going on at the Clayson House! The groom is seated as is the Victorian custom. The wedding dress is from the late 1890’s with a very wide cumberbund at the waist and 3/4 length sleeves. The bride’s veil is netting with a headpiece of wax orange buds also typical of the period. The bridesmaid has a pink silk brocade dress a couple of years earlier than the wedding dress with full short sleeves and a lace collar. The flower girl’s dress is all white lace with a ribbon belt to match the bridesmaid’s dress. The ring bearer has a white satin suit. The two pieces button together; the suit is from the early 1900’s.