Woman's dress and matching cape

about 1850

Object Place: United States


CF 48 1/2", CB 51 1/4", Waist 27 1/4", Bust 32” Inner edge of the shoulder cording to waist 12 1/2", Armscye to waist 6 1/2". Cape 16 1/8" with a 4" neck opening.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Printed cotton plain weave, with supplementary weft patterning

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



A dress and matching cape of white muslin with white brocaded cotton with all-over design of serpentine stems bearing leaves and five petalled blossoms, printed over with a design of small brown dots and short stemmed rose buds in red and green; (a) bodice fitted and boned, hooked down center back, coming to point in center front, wide flaring neckline, three quarter length bell shaped sleeves edged with two gathered ruffles, skirt very full with fullness gathered all around, four self gathered flounces widening from top to bottom; cape (b) short, high round neck hooked down center front, edged with short gathered ruffle; all ruffles finished with green embroidered scallops; several brown stains.


Gift to the MFA, 1950

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Samuel Mixter, Mrs. Samuel J. Mixter, and Mrs. Henry A. Morss, Jr.