Woman's petticoat

British (used in America)
1770-1785
Worn by Elizabeth Hyslop (Sumner) (American, 1757–1810)


Place of Use: Roxbury, Massachusetts, United States; Place of Manufacture: Boston-area, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Center front: 104.1 cm (41 in.) Center back: 106 cm (41 3/4 in.) Other (waist): 260.4 cm (102 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

49.885

Medium or Technique

Silk satin; wool plain weave lining; quilted with wool fleece filling and silk thread; silk plain weave hem band; linen plain weave waistband lining

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Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Blue satin quilted petticoat; repeating deep scallop pattern; floral garlands with daisies alternating with tulip motifs with double band of zigzag stitiching above hem; two side slits and pleats at waistband. There are 9-10 quilting sitiches per inch.

Inscription

Written on fabric label sewn inside petticoat: "Petticoat worn by Elizabeth (Hylsop) Sumner about 1775-80 Marked 1906 by great-granddaughter G. W. Sargent"

Provenance

Worn by Elizabeth (Hyslop) Sumner (1757-1810) of Roxbury, Massachusetts; Inherited by her great-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