A Quaker's dress of greenish-brown taffeta

Early 19th century

Object Place: USA


130.5 x 73 cm (51 3/8 x 28 3/4 in.) Measured flat for hanging storage

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk taffeta, cotton lining, and silk tape

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Short waisted, with front of bodice in two overlapping parts, square neck, long straight sleeves, skirt with fullness in knife pleats, less fulllness in front than in back, front panel of skirt slit from waist down about ten inches on each side of panel, but still attached to narrow waistband, ties at end of narrow waistband, of front panel to go around and tie in back thus holding up front of skirt; bodice lined with brown glazed cotton.


Worn by a member of the Shallcross family, probably Catharine Morris Shallcross, married in 1780 to Dr. Joseph Shallcross, born 1759, died 1811.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Grosvenor Calkins