Wedding dress with matching cape (dress)


Object Place: United States


139.5 x 86 cm (54 15/16 x 33 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk figured weave, silk covered buttons, cotton twill lining, padding, metal boning, and metal hook and eye closure

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Dress worn by Elizabeth Richards at her marriage to John S. Parmelee in Newport, New Hampshire, January 19, 1839. Wedding dress of light gray green figured silk having all-over small dot and powder of two different stylized blossoms; bodice fitted and boned coming to V at waistline at center front, hooked down center back, bodice front trimmed with folds of self material and row of self covered small buttons, V neck, leg-of-mutton sleeves with top fullness caught down by lines of piping and self covered buttons, skirt full all the way around with fullness in pleats in front and on sides, in gathers center back; (b) matching short round shoulder cape; bodice lined with unbleached heavy cotton twill; skirt faced with cream colored cotton, and cape lined with cream colored cotton.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Harry B. Parmelee, in memory of her husband, Harry B. Parmelee