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1940.200 (RS32511)

Description

Black satin; "v" neckline w/ piping; pleated from shoulder to center front of bodice; pleated double sleeve trimmed w/ black loop trim. Full sleeve gathered at cuff w/ smocking w/ 4 self covered buttons at cuff. Bodice pointed at front; boned & padded; cartridge pleats all around; bodice lined w/ glazed cotton. Center pleated panel w/ loop trim from waist to hem; false right & left front pockets w/ loop trim; hem lined w/ brown glazed cotton.

Details

Label
Displayed in Cherished Possessions, 2003-2005, with collar #1929.1112 and cuffs #1927.390ab: This dress was very fashionable in the mid-1840s, when Ann Eliza Bradlee Spear Dutton of Boston, Massachusetts, first wore it. She would have been in her mid fifties when the dress was new, and a rich black satin dress with expensive trim would have been a very satisfactory choice for a woman of her age, not necessarily worn for mourning.<br/> When the dress was long out of fashion, Ann Eliza's daughter, Mary, claimed it as her own soon after her mother's death, attaching a note that read, “This satin dress is the property of Mary M. Dutton from mother D. - March 1875.” <br/>
Maker
unknown
Date
1843-1847
Material
cotton (textile)
satin
silk (textile)
stitching
Object type
Clothing--Outerwear
Places
Probably Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Probably Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
Cotton
cotton (textile)
DRESS
dresses (garments)
Hand Stitched
Satin
satin
Silk
silk (textile)
stitching
Women's clothing
Accession Number
1940.200
Credit Line
Gift of Miss Mary Eustis
GUSN
40475

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