Item 48486 - Thomas Smith family christening dress, Portland, ca. 1737

Item 48486 - Thomas Smith family christening dress, Portland, ca. 1737
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Item 48486
Thomas Smith family christening dress, Portland, ca. 1737
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Rev. Thomas Smith, who served as pastor of Falmouth Neck's (Portland) First Parish Church from 1727 to 1761, and his wife, Sarah Tyng, had eight children. The Smiths were relatively wealthy for the area. A history of the church notes that when Smith accepted the call to serve as minister, his salary of 70 pounds was a third of the entire town budget. He also received money from the parish collection. The church built a house for the Smiths and supplied them with firewood as well.

This christening dress is attributed to the Smith family. It quality represents a higher social status. The shape, which resembles adult clothing, has appliqued crocheted floral lace trim on the overdress, which is made of linen twill.

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