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Woman's pelisse

Woman's redingote

possibly French, worn in America
1820–25
Worn by Mehetable Stoddard Sumner (Welles) (American, 1784–1826)


Place of Manufacture: possibly France; Place of Use: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Center Front: 135.9 cm (53 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

49.878

Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave (crepe), silk plain weave lining, wool fleece filling, metal hooks and eyes, metal wire fringe

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Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Buff-colored silk crepe pelisse, inset waistband, narrow stand-up collar, gathered long sleeves finished with self-fabric piping (widened at later date), center front hook and eye closures, cream silk lining and wool fleece filling, slight fullness gathered at back of skirt (widened at later date), skirt finished with self-fabric belt with two buff and green and metallic rosettes with twisted wire fringe with white balls

Inscription

Written in ink on fabric label: "Worn by Mehetable Stoddard Sumner (Mrs. Benjamin) Welles (1784-1826) of Boston in Paris 1820-1825."

Provenance

Worn by Mehetable Stoddard Sumner (Mrs. Benjamin Welles) (1784-1826) of Boston; Inherited by her granddaughter Miss Georgiana Welles Sargent (born 1858) of New York City; Gift of Emily Welles Robbins (Mrs. Harry Pelham Robbins) and the Hon. Sumner Welles, in memory of Georgiana Welles Sargent, to MFA 1949

Credit Line

Gift of Emily Welles Robbins (Mrs. Harry Pelham Robbins) and the Hon. Sumner Welles, in memory of Georgiana Welles Sargent