Textile Collection

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.

Silk Taffeta Dress

Evening Shift

WOW Khaki Uniform

Chintz Dress

Post-War Dress

Two-Piece Dress

Circa 1895 Dress

1880’s Brocade Gown

1860’s Taffeta Dress

French Gown By Worth

Lace Opera Coat

Red Tea Gown

Watered Silk Gown

Circa 1905 Linen Suit

Red Velvet Robe

Boys Wool Suit

Christening Gown

Red Velvet Suit

White Linen Suit

Young Boy’s Dress

Chenille & Velvet Dress

Wedding Dress 1860

Wedding Dress 1895

1890’s Cotton Dress

1890’s Velvet Dress

Beaded Brocade Dress

Tatted 1890’s Dress

Boys Dress and Cape

Girl’s Party Dress


Red Velvet Cape

1890’s Wedding Dress


Bride’s Trousseau

Child’s Mourning

Full Mourning Dress

Clayson Family

Kathryn Smith

Bed Textiles

Baby Bonnet

Carriage Blanket

Children’s Clothes


Crazy Quilt

Embroidered Silk


Children’s Room

Ladies dress circa 1900 – 1905

Young Lady Dressing in her Bedroom


Clayson House Wedding

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.