Woman's blouse

late 19th century
Worn by Helen Spendley McLanahan (American, 1894–1979)

Place of Use: Philadelphia, Pensylvania, United States


Center front: 54.6 cm (21 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave; cotton twill weave; cotton and linen (?) lace; mother of pearl

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Off-white cotton blouse with tucks along the front that angle toward central waistband and gather together creating fullness at center front. Thicker wefts pattern the upper portion of shirt and sleeves. Lace with a clover motif trims the collar and cuffs. Each cuff has two covered buttons. Reverse has tucks sews straight down the back with nine buttons down the center back under a covered placket. Interior waistband is lined with twill at center front and along back. White and red woven label on left side of the lower placket reads “Oppenheim, Collins & Co.” and on the right side on a white and blue label “Helen L. McLanahan.”


Collection of Ella Spendly McLanahan, PA; 1942, by inheritance to her grandson, Mr. John King McLanahan Stevens, PA; by descent to Stevens' wife, Carol B. Stevens, Hollidaysburg, PA, and Brooks Stevens Stamm, Kenneshaw, GA; gift of Stevens and Stamm to the MFA (Accession date: March 25, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Carol B. Stevens and Brooks Stamm