Dress

Collection Type

  • Clothing and accessories

Date

1843-1847

GUSN

GUSN-40475

Description

Black satin dress; "v" neckline with piping; pleated from shoulder to center front of bodice; pleated double sleeve trimmed w/ black loop trim. Full sleeve gathered at cuff w/ smocking w/ 4 self covered buttons at cuff. Bodice pointed at front; boned & padded; cartridge pleats all around; bodice lined w/ glazed cotton. Center pleated panel w/ loop trim from waist to hem; false right & left front pockets w/ loop trim; hem lined w/ brown glazed cotton.

Details

Descriptive Terms

dresses (garments)
cotton (textile)
stitching
satin
silk (textile)
Dress
Women's clothing
Satin
Silk
Cotton
Hand Stitched
Dress

Label

Displayed in Cherished Possessions, 2003-2005, with collar #1929.1112 and cuffs #1927.390ab: This dress was very fashionable in the mid-1840s, when Ann Eliza Bradlee Spear Dutton of Boston, Massachusetts, first wore it. She would have been in her mid fifties when the dress was new, and a rich black satin dress with expensive trim would have been a very satisfactory choice for a woman of her age, not necessarily worn for mourning.
When the dress was long out of fashion, Ann Eliza's daughter, Mary, claimed it as her own soon after her mother's death, attaching a note that read, “This satin dress is the property of Mary M. Dutton from mother D. - March 1875.”

Maker

Unknown

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Mary Eustis

Accession Number

1940.200

Places

Probably Massachusetts (United States)
Probably Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)