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This wedding dress is composed of silk gauze woven with a repeating floral scroll on an openweave background. The dress was originally made with a pointed front bodice and a deeply shirred skirt in the latest style for Lucy Tappan's wedding to Henry Bowen in 1844. It closes with hooks and eyes up the center back. The dress has been modified for use by later generations of the family for their own weddings. In its current form the deeply pointed V-shaped bodice hem is attached to the shirred skirt. The wide lace collar is tacked to the bodice at the neckline.The sleeves are short, ending just at the lace collar's hem. The bodice is boned and lined with cream-colored linen. The skirt is unlined.
Clothing -- Outerwear
Gift of Charlotte Woodbury Spencer and Grace Woodbury Stone
1840-1844 (modified at least once in the 1950s)