Stunning light blue dress embroidered with silver thread and small metal circles of unknown metal.
From my Mother: "They came from my grandparents on my mother's side who were missionaries in Foochow China. Their name was Kinnear, and he was a doctor who had a hospital. He went to China in the 1880s. They didn't return to the States until 1929. during the Boxer Rebellion. In 1901 the hospital was burned but restored. They were funded by the Congregational church but returned to the states several times to raise money for the hospital. Many vases, lacquer objects, cork carving pictures, clothing, teakwood furniture, and dish sets were given to them as payment for services. As the Japanese invited China and later the communists invaded the objects were given to my grandparents to save some objects of Pre-Communist China as the old culture was being destroyed. I have a journal with photos of the hospital and patients who received care from my grandfather. The journal was given to people who contributed to the mission."
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Considering the photos, this item is:
A Chinese sleeveless silk Cheongsam (or qipao) blue dress with an overall design of birds among flowering plum branches and bamboo / chrysanthemum designs and a mandarin collar and a gold work of embroiled metals. It also has frog closures along the qipao. This piece belongs to the late 19th to early 20th century, in a Chinese-cantonese style and has a good condition with visible marks of usage and aging.