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Deaccessioned June 26, 2014

One piece dress

mid-19th century

Object Place: Lowell, Massachusetts, USA


123 cm (48 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk; Taffeta


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Pink and white figured silk taffeta showing floral sprays and rose-vines on straight and scalloped self stripes. Fitted bodice, slightly pointed; high round neck. Skirt full all around. Short cap sleeves split and laced along the top with pink braided tapes which hang down and end in tassels. Center front and sleeves trimmed with pink machine lace guimp. Closure back center shows small holes for lacing. Badly stained.


Mid-19th century, made for Mrs. John How of Lowell, Massachusetts; before 1956, acquired by Miss Ruth Burke; 1956, gift of Miss Ruth Burke to the MFA (Accession date: October 11, 1956); 1954, gift of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes to the MFA (Accession date: November 9, 1954); June 25, 2014, deaccessioned by the MFA for sale through Augusta Auctions, Bellows Falls, VT.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Ruth Burke