Dress

American
about 1840


Object Place: Massachusettts, United States

Dimensions

Center front (bodice): 31 cm (12 3/16 in.) Center front (skirt): 104.9 cm (41 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

52.1154a-b

Medium or Technique

Figured silk tafetta, baleen, cotton plain weave lining, metal hook and eye closures, cotton cord

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

White silk dress of taffeta with minute imbricated scalloped pattern of weft floats; (a) bodice: wide flaring neckline with cotton cord through casing, short straight sleeves with silk ribbon edging inside, boned and pointed center front and back, laced down center back, and tape tabs sewn inside side seams that hang down with small hook sewn to each end; (b) skirt: full with greatest fullness at back, all fullness pleated into white taffeta waistband, bottom of skirt lined with buckram (about 13 3/4” wide)

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Mrs. Horatio Appleton Lamb