There is a legend which relates how a sleeping party of Scots warriors were almost set upon by an invading band of Vikings and were only saved when one of the attackers trod on a wild thistle with his bare feet. His cries raised the alarm and the roused Scots duly defeated the Danes. In gratitude, the plant became known as the Guardian Thistle and was adopted as the symbol of Scotland.(Great story!)

There is a legend which relates how a sleeping party of Scots warriors were almost set upon by an invading band of Vikings and were only saved when one of the attackers trod on a wild thistle with his bare feet. His cries raised the alarm and the roused Scots duly defeated the Danes. In gratitude, the plant became known as the Guardian Thistle and was adopted as the symbol of Scotland.(Great story!)

Ribbed silk visiting dress with pelerine, ca. 1865. Three-piece chestnut satin with woven gold horizontal rib. Bodice with silk-covered faux front buttons over hook & eye closures, straight bottom, sleeve. Matching pelerine with scrolling leaf pattern soutache in chestnut with striped brown and white. Skirt pleated at waist for fullness, glazed cotton lining. Whitaker Auctions

Ribbed silk visiting dress with pelerine, ca. 1865. Three-piece chestnut satin with woven gold horizontal rib. Bodice with silk-covered faux front buttons over hook & eye closures, straight bottom, sleeve. Matching pelerine with scrolling leaf pattern soutache in chestnut with striped brown and white. Skirt pleated at waist for fullness, glazed cotton lining. Whitaker Auctions

Top: Child's dress, 1865. Bottom: Portrait of Emily Tucker at age four, 1864, wearing the same dress. De Young Museum. See: http://art.famsf.org/childs-dress-41134

Top: Child's dress, 1865. Bottom: Portrait of Emily Tucker at age four, 1864, wearing the same dress. De Young Museum. See: http://art.famsf.org/childs-dress-41134

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