Skeleton Suit, 1800-1830

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Brown wool, cream silk embroidery
Gift of Mrs. Mitchell McDonough and Mrs. Vinton Freedley

A practical example of boy’s clothing is the skeleton suit, a jacket and trousers buttoned together. These garments were tight fitting and tended to give the wearer a skeletal appearance, apparently giving the suit its name. Boys started wearing these at about age 3 to 5, when they were no longer in diapers. They were symbolically taking their first step toward becoming men. This was worn by John Worthington Williams, Sr. of Wethersfield, CT. His son settled in Chester County.      

Accession Number: 1990.664AB - Click To Request Information.

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