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Phebe Cole Townsend of Alexander owned this dress as a young women, prior to her death at only 18 years-old in 1865.
The vivid blue color of this silk taffeta dress was likely the product of the emerging chemical dye industry. Other features of the dress include a pointed waist bodice with long trumpet sleeves, edged with black Cluny lace and jet glass beadwork.
About This Item
- Title: Phebe Cole Townsend's 'electric' blue dress, Alexander, ca. 1863
- Creation Date: circa 1863
- Subject Date: circa 1863
- Town: Alexander
- County: Washington
- State: ME
- Media: silk taffeta
- Dimensions: 152.4 cm x 180.3 cm
- Local Code: A86-29
- Collection: Costume collection
- Object Type: Physical Object
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