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Chambray Dress Glass Buttons

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion - Ask Questions Get Answers' started by Esteban Kelly, Jul 26, 2022.

  1. Esteban Kelly

    Esteban Kelly Registered Guest

    Found this one recently and would love insight. I was thinking Edwardian to 30’s possibly. Any info is appreciated!

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  2. Vinclothes

    Vinclothes Alumni +

    It is so hard to find everyday housewife workwear. This looks like a good example. I would date it in the mid 1910's, but older and conservative rural women wore similar dresses into the 1920's.
  3. Dilly Day

    Dilly Day Registered Guest

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    I think this may be a nurses dress. I have attached photos of three from my collection. The first (with dark buttons) is from the 1950s. The second in blue chambray (two images) is a Royal Naval (QARNNS) nurses dress - these were in regular use until the 1980s. The last is from the 1930s and is named & dated inside. Although the fabric varies the style is very similar to yours - the waist opening/closure is typical of nurses uniform and was used from WWl onwards.
  4. The Vintage Merchant

    The Vintage Merchant Administrator Staff Member

  5. Vinclothes

    Vinclothes Alumni +

    Its a small point, but I wonder if the buttons could be what were called china buttons?
  6. Dilly Day

    Dilly Day Registered Guest

    Yes, I think you are right - china rather than glass. If they are china the backs should have a rougher "orange peel" like texture.
    It looks like some of the dress buttons have been replaced at some point as some have two holes and some have four. Hardly surprising as I'm sure it would have been subjected to a lot in its working life!
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  7. Esteban Kelly

    Esteban Kelly Registered Guest

    Much appreciated!

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