Sally Holmes's silk satin evening gown, Alfred, ca. 1825

Contributed by Maine Historical Society

Sally Holmes's silk satin evening gown, Alfred, ca. 1825
Sally Holmes's silk satin evening gown, Alfred, ca. 1825
Sally Holmes's silk satin evening gown, Alfred, ca. 1825
Sally Holmes's silk satin evening gown, Alfred, ca. 1825
Sally Holmes's silk satin evening gown, Alfred, ca. 1825
Sally Holmes's silk satin evening gown, Alfred, ca. 1825
Sally Holmes's silk satin evening gown, Alfred, ca. 1825
Sally Holmes's silk satin evening gown, Alfred, ca. 1825
Sally Holmes's silk satin evening gown, Alfred, ca. 1825
  • Sally Holmes's silk satin evening gown, Alfred, ca. 1825
  • Sally Holmes's silk satin evening gown, Alfred, ca. 1825
  • Sally Holmes's silk satin evening gown, Alfred, ca. 1825
  • Sally Holmes's silk satin evening gown, Alfred, ca. 1825
  • Sally Holmes's silk satin evening gown, Alfred, ca. 1825
  • Sally Holmes's silk satin evening gown, Alfred, ca. 1825
  • Sally Holmes's silk satin evening gown, Alfred, ca. 1825
  • Sally Holmes's silk satin evening gown, Alfred, ca. 1825

Purchase a reproduction of this item on VintageMaineImages.com.

This record was added to Maine Memory Network through the efforts of a student at Southern Maine University.

Description

Sarah Brooks Holmes (1773-1835), known as Sally, lived in Alfred with her husband, John Holmes who was instrumental in Maine’s separation from Massachusetts. Sally Holmes wore this evening gown in Washington DC during James Monroe's administration from 1817-1825 when John Holmes served as one of Maine's first senators. Sally and her daughter, Sarah Ann, spent "the season" in Washington.

As of 2019, the Maine Historical Society's clothing collection includes no examples of 1820s colored cotton, silk satin, silk plaids, or gowns with the slightly flared heavily embellished skirts and sleeves seen in fashion plates of the 1820s. However, this fine white satin gown, with an undulating bias strip trimming the lower skirt and applied satin leaf shapes adorning puff sleeves, is along this vein.

View/Add Comments


About This Item

  • Title: Sally Holmes's silk satin evening gown, Alfred, ca. 1825
  • Creation Date: circa 1825
  • Subject Date: circa 1825
  • Town: Alfred
  • County: York
  • State: ME
  • Media: silk, cotton
  • Dimensions: 127 cm x 96.5 cm
  • Local Code: A86-736
  • Collection: Costume collection
  • Object Type: Physical Object

Cross Reference Searches

Standardized Subject Headings

People

Other Keywords


For more information about this item, contact:

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

Use of this Item is not restricted by copyright and/or related rights, but the holding organization is contractually obligated to limit use. For more information, please contact the contributing organization. However, watermarked Maine Memory Network images may be used for educational purposes.


More to Consider


Please post your comment below to share with others. If you'd like to privately share a comment or correction with MMN staff, please use this form.