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Scalloped needle and bobbin lace collar decorated with worked lace roses, floral sprigs, leaves, sunflowers and scroll and wheel decorations. The collar is currently sewn to the neckline of the wedding dress 2000.439.1, which may be a later alteration. The neckline of the collar is banded, while the hem is finished with a repeating scallop. This wedding dress was worn by Lucy Tappan Bowen when she married Henry Chandler Bowen in 1844 and by both of the donors (great, great, great grandchildren of Lucy and Henry) in the 1950s.
"Mementos: Jewelry of Life and Love from Historic New England": Lucy Tappan married silk merchant Henry Bowen in 1844. Dressed in the latest style, she carried her bridal bouquet in a silver posy holder. This new accessory, designed to be held or tucked in a skirt waist, was wearable art. Bowen family members continued to wear Lucy's dress well into the 1950s, letting out the seams and changing the neckline.
Gift of Charlotte Woodbury Spencer and Grace Woodbury Stone
1844 (modified in the 1950s)