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19th century families who could afford to do so did not dress their boys in pants-that is, "breech" them- until about the age of five. Before reaching that age, boys were dressed in skirted outfits, with bodices closely following the styles of adult women's bodices. This example of a boy's outfit is no exception. Supposedly worn by a son of "Boss Tweed," the notorious late 19th century political figure in New York City, the outfit is made of white/off-white silk faille with blue silk trim. The bodice closely resembles those of fashionable women's gowns during the early to mid 1870s.
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