Woman's blouse

Late 19th to early 20th century
Worn by Helen Spendley McLanahan (American, 1894–1979)

Place of Use: Philadelphia, Pensylvania, United States


Center front: 49.5 cm (19 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave; linen; mother of pearl

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Light green sheer blouse trimmed with lace at collar, shoulders and cuffs. Vertical rows of tucks sewn down along center front end at a drawstring waistband which ties in the center back. Twelve mother of pearl buttons on either side of tucks. 3/4 length sleeves also have tuck detailing. Seven buttons down the center back with a covered placket. Two white woven labels with blue lettering are sewn vertically into the center back, below the drawstring, read: “Helen L. McLanahan.”


Collection of Ella Spendly McLanahan, PA; 1942, by inheritance to her grandson, Mr. John King McLanahan Stevens, PA; by descent to Stevens' wife, Carol B. Stevens, Hollidaysburg, PA, and Brooks Stevens Stamm, Kenneshaw, GA; gift of Stevens and Stamm to the MFA (Accession date: March 25, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Carol B. Stevens and Brooks Stamm