Woman's petticoat

first half of the 19th century

Place of Use: Lexington, Masachusetts, United States; Place of Manufacture: probably Massachusetts, United States


Overall: 89.5 x 120.7 cm (35 1/4 x 47 1/2 in.) Other (waistband): 1.6 x 68.6 cm (5/8 x 27 in.) Other (side slit): 27.9 cm (11 in.) Other (pocket slit): 23.5 cm (9 1/4 in.) Other (deep tuck): 6.4 cm (2 1/2 in.) Other (small tucks and hem): 1 cm (3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woven cotton stripe of alternating plain weave and twill, plain weave linen waistband

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



White dimity petticoat, cartridge pleating at waist, waistband was pinned at side above slit, pocket slit at opposite side, selvedges visible at side slits, single deep tuck at bottom with six thinner tucks below to hem.


Worn by donor's great-aunt Caira Robbins (1794-1881); Inherited by Ellen A. Stone; Gift to MFA, 1899

Credit Line

Gift of MIss Ellen A. Stone