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Ida Hussey wore this dress when she married Joseph Davidson on May 18,1898 at Guilford. A two-piece white silk dress, it includes a bodice with a draped layer of silk chiffon at the high neck. The skirt features three tiers of attached ruffles. A label that came with the dress stated, "handmade wedding gown". However, close inspection indicates there is also a degree of machine stitching.
By the 1890s, American manufactured silk yardage was available in Maine department stores, including Peck’s in Lewiston, Libby’s in Portland, as well as at small town dry-goods stores.
About This Item
- Title: Ida Hussey's "handmade" wedding dress, Guilford, ca. 1898
- Creation Date: circa 1898
- Subject Date: 1898
- Town: Guilford
- County: Piscataquis
- State: ME
- Media: silk, cotton, metal
- Dimensions: 151.1 cm x 112.4 cm
- Local Code: A86-105
- Collection: Costume Collection
- Object Type: Physical Object
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Standardized Subject Headings
- Wedding clothing & dress--Maine--Guilford
- 1890s clothing
- 1890s fashion
- Bridal dresses
- bridal fashion
- Hand sewing
- Machine sewing
- Wedding costumes
- Wedding gowns
For more information about this item, contact:Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230
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