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Dressing Gown

1915.32 (RS32501)

Description

Dressing gown

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Label
Displayed in Cherished Possessions, 2003-2005: This robe came to the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities in 1915, a gift of Boston's Home for Aged Colored Women. The home was founded in 1860 as a way to help aging, impoverished black women in Boston, Massachusetts, a largely forgotten group. Supporters of the home provided funding for the organization and also donated food, coal, and firewood. A Committee on Clothing provided both new and used clothing for the residents. This dress, despite almost certainly being donated long after it was fashionable, had been packed away as being “too good to wear.”<br/>
Maker
unknown
Date
1862-1864
Material
cotton (textile)
printing (process)
silk (textile)
stitching
taffeta
wool (textile)
Object type
Clothing; Dressingwear & Nightwear
Descriptive terms
cotton (textile)
dressing gowns
Gown, Dressing
printing (process)
silk (textile)
stitching
taffeta
wool (textile)
Accession Number
1915.32
Credit Line
Gift of the Home for Aged Colored Women
GUSN
27297

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