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Object ID 1995.075.001
Object Name Dress
Collection Costume and Accessories
Credit line Gift of Anne M. Mertz
Year Range from 1790
Year Range to 1810
Description Hand-sewn, ankle length brown wool dress with a front closure, long sleeves, and a high, round neck that has been patched to make it even higher. The wool has been calendered to give the surface a wavy, moire appearance. There are no buttons or attached closures because the dress probably originally fastened with brass pins.The skirt is full and has an apron front that closes and adjusts with a twill tape drawstring on the inside. The hem originally had a polished cotton kick pleat with a pattern of vertical stripes in alternating brown and blue with a repeating, white, three-lobed pinwheel design. This kick pleat also has a patch of different fabric in one place that has a brown grid pattern motif. The kick pleat is now mostly hidden under the hem, which was taken up at some point. The sewn-in pocket at one hip and higher neckline are probably additions that date to the mid-nineteenth century.
Dimensions W-14.5 L-49.5 inches
Dimension Details width at shoulders; 32" waist.
Provenance According to the donor, this is a Quaker woman's dress from the 1700s.
Subjects Clothing & dress
Search Terms Clothing
Eighteenth Century
Nineteenth Century
Material Watered wool; linen lining in bodice