Dinner dress

about 1840

Object Place: Massachusetts, United States


146 x 66 cm (57 1/2 x 26 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave (faille) with silk embroidery, glazed cotton plain weave lining, and cotton plain weave gauze sleeve lining, cotton plain weave tape, baleen, metal hooks

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



A brown silk faille dress with wide cut flaring neckline, short sleeves with two puffs and added embroidered cuff at end, boned fitted bodice ending in deep point center front, full skirt with fullness in pleats, large brown embroidered rose pattern over seams in front of skirt, two deep gathered flounces on skirt embroidered with same pattern, laced down center back of bodice; entire skirt lined with coarse sized cotton


Inherited by Misses Aimee and Rosamund Lamb; Gift to the MFA, 1952

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Mrs. Horatio Appleton Lamb