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Black barege ("A dress material of gauze weave with a worsted warp and a silk weft," p. 155 "Textiles in America", Florence Montgomery.) Bodice has high neckline; piped neckline and armsceyes; bodice pleated and smocked to form "V" shape at waist; bodice is boned at front, back and sides, and lined with tan cotton twill; sleeves lined with tan glazed cotton; waistband with cartridge pleats all around; long sleeves with double ruffle; skirt has 3 flounces; all ruffles and flounces woven with ikat patterned bands in white and black; Skirt lined wit brown cambric; pocket on right side; hook and eye closure center front and overlapping on left side; hem edged with green wool tape.
Handwritten tag attached at waist ""Black barege 1855-1860.""
Gift of Miss Lilias Page