Dress and matching cape (dress)


Object Place: USA


139.7 x 73.7 cm (55 x 29 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk figured weave and cotton lining

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Dress (a) and matching cape (b) of grayish-olive-green silk with fancy-woven stripes with lines of white; fitted bodice, pointed in front; widely flaring neck; fullness across bust in unpressed pleats; long sleeves with fine pleats in upper part held in place by bias folds, full from just above elbow to above wrist, fullness pleated vertically to wrist; full skirt with loose pleats in front and gathered in back; short double cape (b) of same material with edges finished with bias folds of self material; both dress and cape fully lined with white cotton cloth; probably the going-away outfit of Harriet Maria Spelman, married to Estes Howe, August 20, 1838.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Lois Lilley Howe