Dress and matching cape (dress)

American
1838


Object Place: USA

Dimensions

139.7 x 73.7 cm (55 x 29 in.)

Accession Number

52.565a

Medium or Technique

Silk figured weave and cotton lining

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Dress (a) and matching cape (b) of grayish-olive-green silk with fancy-woven stripes with lines of white; fitted bodice, pointed in front; widely flaring neck; fullness across bust in unpressed pleats; long sleeves with fine pleats in upper part held in place by bias folds, full from just above elbow to above wrist, fullness pleated vertically to wrist; full skirt with loose pleats in front and gathered in back; short double cape (b) of same material with edges finished with bias folds of self material; both dress and cape fully lined with white cotton cloth; probably the going-away outfit of Harriet Maria Spelman, married to Estes Howe, August 20, 1838.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Lois Lilley Howe