|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|
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.
|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.|
Clothing & dress
|Material||Silk-satin; cotton lining|