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Object Place: Boston, [New England, Massachusetts], USA
Overall (bodice): 33.3 cm (13 1/8 in.) Length (belt): 73.5 cm (28 15/16 in.) Center back (skirt): 98.3 cm (38 11/16 in.)
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Pale gray-blue taffeta wedding dress worn by the donor’s mother, Narcissa A. Avery, at her marriage to Frederick Allen Claflin, Boston, November 23, 1870, in three parts: (a) bodice buttoned down front, fitted, long bell shaped sleeves, trimmed at neck, around yoke, and around lower edge of sleeves with fringed pleated whited taffeta ruching and machine made lace; (b) skirt plain in front, fastened with placket left front, longer in back to form train, very full in back with fullness gathered into waistband; (c) belt with peplum-like bow in center back, large bows on sleeves bound with white taffeta
November 23, 1870, worn by Narcissa A. Avery at her marriage to Frederick Allen Claflin, Boston; by descent to Dr. Edith Frances Claflin and Miss Charlotte Isabel Claflin, New York; gift of Dr. and Miss Claflin to the MFA (Accession date: September 11, 1952)
Gift of Dr. Edith Frances Claflin, and Miss Charlotte Isabel Claflin