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Fultz House Museum


Accession number: 1999.09.42
Category: Protective Wear
Object type: Redwork
Date: before January 1 1935
Materials: Fabric
Measurements: 90 cm L x 85 cm W
Narrative: This apron belonged to Frances Jane (Robinson) Fultz, daughter of Francis and Susanna (Oldmixon) Robinson, she was born in 1852. Her younger sister Mary Susan Robinson married Bennett Fultz. On 19 March, 1890, Jane Robinson married George Augustus Fultz (a Sackville wheelwright). He died March 22, 1895 at the age of 67 years. She subsequently married his nephew Henry Beresford (Harry) Fultz, March 15, 1899 in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia in a Presbyterian ceremony. Harry Fultz was a Sackville area farmer. She passed away 12 April, 1935, at the age of 83 years. Aprons have been in existence since Biblical times, being used by butchers, bakers and other people to protect themselves and their clothing from their work. By the early 19th century aprons started to take on a fashionable as well as functional role. Since many women could not afford a large wardrobe, different aprons could be worn to alter the look of their clothing. This also allowed the same outfit to be worn numerous times before it was washed since the apron would protect it from being soiled. The 1950's brought on a drastic change in the way aprons were used and viewed by society. They became the symbol of the perfect wife and mother, and were therefore worn almost all of the time. They became much more decorative and were trimmed with ruffles, embroidery or other ornamental work.
Description: Skirt apron, white color with red stitching. Flowers and leaves are embroidered in lower left corner. Long narrow front, ties behind at waist. Style of embroidery is known as redwork.