Collection Type

  • Clothing and accessories




Ivory taffeta and lace ankle-length petticoat. The petticoat has a narrow waistband with two strips of fabric attached to form loops at both sides of the waist on the inside of the waistband. There are two vertical seams at each side of the waist and tow vertical seams in the middle of the petticoat. The seams run approximately three-fourths of the way down the skirt and end at a horizontal band of lace with a leaf pattern. Below is a horizontal double band of gathered taffeta, then another band of lace, another double band of taffeta, another band of lace, and finally a scalloped band of taffeta which is trimmed by a scalloped ruffle of lace with a leaf and flower pattern. The scalloped taffeta band has numerous diagonal seams to add fullness. The above described banding is the top layer. A bottom layer, which begins where the first band of lace is, is made from small panels of taffeta sewn together, creating many vertical seams. At the bottom of that, another band of gathered taffeta with diagonal seams is attached. Finally, a narrow scalloped ruffle of lace with a leaf and flower pattern is attached to the bottom. The back of the waistband has numerous gathers extending vertically from it. There is a center opening slit from which extends a vertical seam. There are also two other vertical seams extending from the waistband on either side of the center seam. On the left side of the split, on the waistband are two loops, and on the right side, on the inside of the waistband, are two hooks. On the inside of the skirt, attached on the left side of the split, is a taffeta covered bustle pad. On its upper right corner is a hook and loop. The same two layered banded lace and taffeta decoration continues from the front at the bottom of the skirt.


Descriptive Terms

petticoats (underskirts)
lace (needlework)


"Mrs S. Phillips" (Handwritten on a tag/ piece of paper)
"Mrs. Phillips Chestnut St." (handwritten)

Associated Building

Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number





14 3/16 (W) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number