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Object Name Dress
Catalog Number 2013.17.104 ab
Accession number 2013.17.01-
Artist Maker Unknown
Place of Origin Probably Southeastern Pennsylvania
Date 1880 ca.
Material Cotton, Metal, Silk, Wool
Description A two piece ladies dress comprised of brown silk. Both pieces are machine constructed with hand finishing details.

a) The bodice has a false shirt front, similar to a dickey. The high stand up collar is made out of cream silk satin and attached to the hem of the collar is a black velvet trim and a bow at the front and back of the collar. The collar closes in the back with two hook and eyes. The cream satin is also used as the inlay of the decolletage area, which is framed by two wide lapels of brown taffeta that extend to the shoulders. The lapels also features a trimming of two strips of the black velvet. At the center point of the two lapels, which meet at the bustline, there is a brown silk taffeta bow attached. The sleeves are set into the arm syce and are long and straight. At the cuff there is a "V" shaped slit at the cuff and trimmed with two strips of black velvet. The hem is cut straight across at the waist and features a self-fabric tab at the proper left side using a hook and eye closure, and is trimmed with black velvet. There is a hidden front off center closure of hooks and eyes that meets the waistband closure. At the back there are three sets on vertical pintucks extending the length of the bodice. The bodice is lined in a glazed brown cotton with inserts of metal boning in the seams. There is an additional attached interior panel of glazed brown cotton with a hook and eye closure. The sleeves are lined in a lavender printed floral cotton.

b) The skirt is wide with a flat front and gores. Descending from the knee and encircling the entire circumference of the skirt are two rows of brown silk cord and braided trim. There is tan cotton waistband with a center back hook and eye closure. When the skirt is closed box pleating is created, which fans out into a full A-line skirt. The skirt is lined in a glazed brown cotton and the hem is trimmed with a rust colored wool twill tape.
Provenance There is no information about the maker or origin of this piece.