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Black Bodice with fawn cotton lining

Date made: 19th century

Maker: unknown maker

Description: Black bodice with round buttons down the front. Unboned and machine-sewn. Fawn-coloured cotton lining. 43cm centre front.

From the Mylchreest family of Ballamenaugh, Lonan and Ballaharra, German.

(Reference image taken in the 1990s.)

YC note: Ann Quayle (b.1829/ Malew), married William Mylchreest of Ballamenagh Mooar, Lonan (1800-1860) in 1855 and married Henry Wesley Bell of Douglas (1827-1890) in 1879. Ann Mylchreest owned Ballaharra (part of late husband's estates) and the Great Clay Case/ Ballaharra Clay Case was taken to the Chancery Court, Castletown (1867) and to the Privy Council, London to uphold the right of Manx customary freeholders to the clay and sand deposits under their farms - a right which had been challenged by the British Crown (who lost their case).

Materials: cotton

Object name: bodice

Collection: Costume & Textiles Collection

ID Number: 1974-0233f


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