Little Boy's Zouave Tunic Dress c1875
A boy's delightful tunic / dress from c1875. It's made of cotton twill or other thick cotton weave ~ a full-bodied, sturdy fabric. Just right for the rambunctious little fellow. Modeled after the uniforms of the Zouave troops. The Zouave tunic became one of the most popular patterns for little boys' fashion towards the end of the Civil War and on into the Edwardian period.
The original Zouave soldiers were Algerian. In 1830, France established the French Zouave who were light infantry troops known for their dash, intrepidity, meticulous drill and colorful uniforms.
Our tunic has a neck reflecting the 19th century Zouave's stand-up collar. The fullness of the child's Zouave tunic and the design of its yoke speak of those early military uniforms which included a bolero. Drop shoulders are the main factor that indicates this dress was made for a little boy.
Back closure opens from neck to hem. Mother of pearl buttons are all present and accounted for, and they look original. Beautifully made with a placket that hides the buttons, shoulder pleats and an asymmetrical rick-rack trim in front.
One reason to love this particular little dress ~ the red applique extending down from the yoke, looking so much like the lances used by the Zauve Lancers regiments. The trim is shaped like the lances soldiers fixed to the ends of their long guns.
Length 25"; range from shoulder seam to shoulder seam 11 5/8"; chest about 30"; waist and hips full. In very fine condition with here and there a mild show of age and normal use ~ a few small scattered spots on one sleeve and one vague spot on the back. Clean, presentable, wearable and it displays beautifully. Free USA shipping; handling fees waived for international shipping.