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Object ID 1994.040.001
Object Name Gown, Wedding
Collection Costume and Accessories
Credit line Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Robert G. Kissell
Year Range from 1890
Year Range to 1900
Description Hand and machine-stitched, ivory silk-satin two-piece wedding dress that belonged to Hannah Mariah Haigh Dawson (1863-1929). The outfit consists of a bodice and skirt.

The bodice is front closing with sixteen hooks and eyes (all present) and has an overlapping cross-over design. The front seams are diagonal and give the front of the bodice a chevron shape. The back tapers to a point and is embellished with two rows of ivory feather stitching. The neckline is high with two ruffles around it and the leg-o-mutton sleeves are long with round cuffs that are trimmed with a small single ruffle.

The matching skirt is long, A-line, and back closing with two hooks and eyes. It has a 6 3/4" wide hem that has three layers: an outer ruffle, a stiffened middle layer with a 2" wide silk hem, and an inner layer of pleated twill weave silk with a layer of stiffening a the back. The outer part of the hem is trimmed with two bands of 3" wide ivory silk-satin ruching. There is a small 3" train at the back.
Dimensions H-51 inches
Dimension Details Overall height of outfit as worn; bodice is 19" long overall with 10 1/2" wide shoulders and a 21" waist; the skirt is 36 1/2" long down the front with 3" of additional train at the back.
Owned Hannah Mariah Haigh Dawson
Used Hannah Mariah Haigh Dawson
Provenance This dress was worn by Hannah Mariah Haigh (1863-1929) when she married Ezekiel Warner Dawson (1853-1940). They lived in Newark, Delaware, before moving to a farm in Elkton, Maryland, and finally settling in Smyrna, Delaware.
Subjects Clothing & dress
Wedding costume
Search Terms Wedding Dresses
Nineteenth Century
Hannah Dawson
Material Silk-satin; cotton lining
Event Wedding