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Object Name Dress, Wedding
Artist Richard M. Matthews
Year Range from 1870
Year Range to 1884
Place of Origin Boston, MA
Description 80 1/4”. Silk satin, cotton, linen, silver, bone. Creme colored wedding dress of silk satin weave with floral embroidered brocade & lined in cotton & silk. The bodice collar is worn up so that silver & white embroidery on the inside can be seen. The silk lined bodice is form fitting with 7 back & 4 front darts which hold bone stays. The embroidered inset front panels are trimmed with piping & have 16 round cloth covered buttons. Both sleeve areas (the sleeves are not on the dress but in pieces in marked bag) have shoulder pads of cotton & cotton batting. The inner waist has a silk ribbed ribbon with 2 hook & eye closures. The back of the bodice continues as the skirt back. It is box-pleated & ends with a scoop train. The bottom is trimmed with 6 1/2” embroidered lace & a band of 10” pleated starched linen. The underskirt is a separate garment with only the front half showing. The back is made of linen with 3 twill drawstring gathered rows. The front is constructed of two panels, one of the creme silk satin and the other a panel of the embroidered brocade. The two panels are loosely joined together by satin ribbon threaded through 4 sets of slit openings culminating in 3 large bows. The skirt’s bottom are two rows of pleated satin and a row of lace (different from the overskirt lace).
Accession Number 1997.167