Artifact of the Month
Evan Martin's suit, ca. 1910
Donated by Victoria McKinney
Evan Lewis Martin was the son of Henry and Bette Hannah Martin of Pea Ridge (Benton County). He died at the age of 12 in 1910. In his death notice, the Rogers Democrat reported that Evan "loved music and was a fine singer for a child."
Evan's linen suit with its ruffled collar is a variation of the Little Lord Fauntleroy suit, a popular style of the late 1800s and early 1900s. Based on the clothing of the main character in the book Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1886), the original suit consisted of black velvet knee pants and jacket worn with a blouse with a large lace collar. The style was popular until about 1920.