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A grey leopard-printed taffeta bodice. The garment has a dropped shoulder-line, piped edging, and a yoke-shape that is emphasized with a grey gimped braid and a printed ruffle. The sleeves are pagoda-style with shaped slitted cuffs and a trim of gimped braid. The front is fastened with hook and eyelet fastening up to the plain round neckline. There are small fabric-covered buttons that decorate the centre front and a slightly pleated long-pointed tail and pinked bow fastened at the rear of the waist. Inside the bodice the belt fastens to the back to hold it in place around the waistline.
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This bodice was made for Mary Madeira Hamerton (nee Gledhill). She was married to Gervase Disney Hamerton, a solicitor who was one of the notable early settlers in Pātea and died in 1913.
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