Zilpah Wadsworth Longfellow's spencer jacket, Portland, 1827

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Zilpah Wadsworth Longfellow's spencer jacket, Portland, 1827

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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.

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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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Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230

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