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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's mother, Zilpah Longfellow, owned this gold silk walking jacket when she was 49 years old and living on Congress Street. The short-waisted spencer style was seen in fashion magazines of the period. Zilpah's jacket was likely made around 1827, as indicated by handwriting inside the jacket stating: "1827/Mrs. Z.W.L."
The front of the jacket is decorated with 25 covered buttons with golden thread, and the back features a pleated ruffle. The item is pictured with a substitute muslin slip, used for the purpose of photographing the jacket.
About This Item
- Title: Zilpah Wadsworth Longfellow's spencer jacket, Portland, 1827
- Creation Date: 1827
- Subject Date: 1827
- Town: Portland
- County: Cumberland
- State: ME
- Media: silk
- Dimensions: 41.3 cm x 54.6 cm
- Local Code: A85-797
- Collection: Costume collection
- Object Type: Physical Object
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485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230
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