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Maker(s):unknown
Culture:American
Title:dress
Date Made:1849
Type:Clothing
Materials:textile: taupe, satin-weave silk; off-white, plain-weave cotton lining; brass hook and eye closures; taupe silk sewing thread
Place Made:garment: United States; Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania: Philadelphia
Measurements:Center Back - CB: 55 1/2 in; 141 cm
Accession Number:  HD 2021.19
Credit Line:Gift of Leslie Elliot Levenson in honor of Katherine Morton Haines 1874-1937, her great grandmother
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield
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Description:
Woman's one-piece, long sleeved, back-fastening dress, possibly a wedding dress worn by Mary S. Reeve, on her marriage to Job Haines in Pennsylvania in 1849. Possibly made in Philadelphia from imported fabric. The dress is an excellent example of women's fashion from the second half of the 1840s, with a vertically gathered front bodice, long fitted sleeves with over sleeves (manchettes), and a tightly cartridge-pleated skirt. The bodice contains keratin boning enclosed within a white cotton lining. This dress most likely would've been accessorized with a white chemisette and white lace insertions at the sleeves. As a wedding gown, it would have been a woman's best dress. Until well into the 20th century, women did not as a rule wear white as a color for wedding dresses. After the wedding, a gown became her best dress for formal or important occasions.

Tags:
weddings; clothing

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