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Woman's gown or dress, brocaded silk

1840-1850 (dress); textile ca. 1750
Origin: England, possibly worn in Virginia
L:50 1/2"; Bust:29"; Waist:23"; selvage width 20"
Silk taffeta brocaded with silk; lined with linen and gauze; boning in bodice; hooks and thread eyes.
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1930-367
Woman's dress of silk taffeta brocaded with silk in a design of butterflies and floral sprays. Bodice, closing in back, has low, wide round neck and point at waistline in front. Lined with linen. Boning in back and under arms. Sleeves have short double puff. Full skirt pleated at waist, slightly longer in back, lined with sheer linen gauze. Cording on neck and waist.
Provenance:Acquired in 1930 from a Richmond, Virginia, woman.