White satin petticoat

England or New England
18th century

Object Place: New England, USA


98.5 x 89 cm (38 3/4 x 35 1/16 in.) Approximate overall flat dimensions for storage

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk satin, glazed worsted, and silk plain weave ribbon

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



White satin petticoat lined with glazed cream colored wool, and interlined with wool fleece, quilted in imbricatd trefoil design with deep border design of serpentine ornamental leaves, against diagonal background, fullness pleated into narrow top waistband, petticoat slits on each side wth linen ties for fastening waistband; a number of stains and worn places. There are 13-15 quilting stitches per inch.


February 23, 1763, said to have been worn by Sarah Tyng Smith (b. 1740 - d. 1827) at her marriage to Richard Codman (b. 1729 - d. 1793), Portland, ME [see note]; 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)

NOTE: The petticoat is believed to have been worn with her wedding dress, MFA accession no. 52.558.

Credit Line

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