This is a peach cotton embroidered apron. This is the type of thing that would have been used for entertaining, and yes, ladies DID actually have these for informal lunches. This is too fine to have been used for actual cooking in the kitchen and it really has no spots on it at all. It might look yellow or orange from the pictures but it is actually a peach color.
I am an early 1950's born child and I well remember my mother having "special" aprons that she only put on when she had guests come over. These were to be used ONLY after all the food was ready and she would wear it as she was serving and eating with her guests. It was common back then as I remember other people when we went to their houses doing the same thing. There were actual simple cotton aprons used and washed only for the kitchen and those, like this one, used only for entertaining. This one has fine embroidery on it, perfect stitching all around, and all the edges are finished in a white cotton binding sewn over the entire garment. Also you have fine stitched rushing at each side of the apron by the apron ties which are also finely sewn and folded over into a point. The petite style also identifies it as a ladies entertaining apron and not one that was EVER worn in the kitchen to sling flour and cookie dough around.
It is 16" at the top of then apron waist to about 27" at the widest part. then you have about 27" from the bottom to the top of the breast area which does not include the band that goes over the head and neck. I feel this to be about the 1930's or 1940's era. By the 1950's and early 1960's it was more common to have organdie aprons (At least in the midwest where I was brought up) and even some made from a cotton banding for the waist and fully ruffled net fabric for the apron.
There are no stains that I can see and no tears in the fabric or any of the stitching seams. It does need a good hand washing and hot iron pressing but otherwise it is a wonderful piece of nostalgia for any clothing collector.
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