Dressing Gown

Collection Type

  • Clothing and accessories

Date

1862-1864

GUSN

GUSN-27297

Description

Dressing gown.

Details

Descriptive Terms

dressing gowns
stitching
printing (process)
silk (textile)
taffeta
wool (textile)
cotton (textile)
Gown, Dressing
Gown, Dressing

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.”

Maker

Unknown

Credit Line

Gift of the Home for Aged Colored Women

Accession Number

1915.32