Calico dress, ca. 1850

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Calico dress, ca. 1850

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


This brown calico dress is an example of an everyday or 'ordinary' dress from the period. The yellow and white floral spray print is grounded against the brown cotton. The bodice has a drop shoulder, common in the 1840s and 1850s. The bishop sleeve style gathers at the cuff, with several tucks along the sleeve create a capped effect. The dress was once part of the Westbrook College historic costume collection, and transferred to Maine Historical Society in 1993.

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About This Item

  • Title: Calico dress, ca. 1850
  • Creation Date: circa 1850
  • Subject Date: circa 1850
  • State: ME
  • Media: Cotton
  • Dimensions: 143.510 cm x 285.750 cm
  • Local Code: 1993.300.456
  • 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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