Woman's dress

late 18th to early 19th century

Object Place: Lexington, Massachusetts, United States; Place of Manufacture: Massachusetts, United States


Overall (bodice): 182.9 x 129.5 cm (72 x 51 in.) Other (skirt): 112 cm (44 1/8 in.) Other (center back): 177.8 cm (70 in.) Other (petticoat): 67.3 cm (26 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Plain weave silk, plain weave linen lining, silk tape

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Plum-colored silk dress, round neck with drawstring, high waist with drawstring, white linen bodice lining open at front (pinned together when worn), long fitted sleeves with linen lining and open wrists, open skirt with shaped edges and pleats and train at back. Plum-colored silk petticoat (part of dress), deep pleats at front and back, black ribbon ties remain sewn on one side, side openings below waist, (constructed of four panels of fabric).


Worn by Abigail Robbins (1759-1850); Inherited by her great-granddaughter Ellen A. Stone; Gift to MFA, 1899

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Ellen A. Stone