Dress

Remodeled 1763. Silk: England (Spitalfields), design about 1740. Dark green silk with polychrome brocaded design of flowers, leaves, branches and fruit. Mid-18th century linen bobbin lace stitched inside sleeve flounces and around neck. Open robe à l'anglaise and matching petticoat with deep flounce. Believed to have been worn by Mary Waters of Salem at her marriage to Anthony Sigourney of Boston in 1740. Also worn by their daughter, also named Mary Waters, for her marriage to James Butler in 1763. (Worn with 1990.514a, b). Condition: Petticoat good but fragile. Over dress (robe): good condition; left shoulder seam unstitched, back neck edge extremely worn.

Provenance

1740, worn by Mary Waters, Salem, MA at her marriage to Anthony Sigourney of Boston, MA; 1763, worn by their daughter, also named Mary Waters, for her marriage to James Butler; by 1892, by inheritance to Miss Helen. L. Campbell; June 6, 1892, lent by Miss Campbell to the MFA; 1990, accessioned by MFA (October 24, 1990).

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Helen L. Campbell

Dress

  • Dress, American (Boston, MA); fabric English, about 1735, restyled 1763
MA, United States
Dimensions
136.52 cm (53 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Silk; brocaded plain weave
Classification
Costumes
Accession Number
1990.513a-b
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