Two-piece dress (skirt)

American (probably Boston or Cambridge)
about 1875

Object Place: probably Boston or Cambridge, America


125 x 107 cm (49 3/16 x 42 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk moiré and silk with cotton and cotton glazed lining, and metal hook and eye closure

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Greenish-beige moiré silk, trimmed with darker greenish-gray silk taffeta. Bodice (a) cut like a jacket, with high round collar, short peplum and tail; long sleeves. Bands of ruching down front; bows at waist and cuffs. Skirt (b) elaborately draped and swagged, trimmed with bands of ruching and flounces. Short train. A few brown stains; two small holes in skirt near closure at back.


Worn by wife of Governor Emory Washburn of Massachusettes.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Richard W. Hall