Wedding dress worn by Sarah Tyng Smith

American, made from English fabric

Object Place: United States


141 cm (55 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave tafetta patterned with supplementary wefts

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



White ground with horizontal interlacing serpentines of ribbon and flowers, brocaded with polychrome silks, English back, square neck trimmed with self folds, short sleeves with double sleeve ruffle. Worn by Sarah Tyng Smith at her marriage to Richard Codman in Portland, Maine, Febuary 23, 1763. Cf.: 52.559, petticoat said to have been worn with wedding dress.


February 23, 1763, worn by Sarah Tyng Smith (b. 1740 - d. 1827) at her marriage to Richard Codman (b. 1729 - d. 1793), Portland, ME; by descent within the family to Charles Austin Eager Codman (b. 1868 - d. 1952) and his daughter, Florence Louise Codman (b. 1902 - d. 1992), Philadelphia; 1952, gift of Florence Codman and Charles Austin Eager Codman to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 15, 1952)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Florence Codman and Dr. Charles Austin Eager Codman