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Nellie (Ellen) Ryan (1875-1922), born in New York City to a sea captain, wore this dress to her marriage to Dr. Arthur F. Abbott of Presque Isle, on 5 March 1898. A pale green fancy weave cotton, the dress is accented with peach (pink) silk and lace. A beaded and net trimmed front panel, collar and cuffs include multi-colored sequence. The full puffed upper sleeve is indicative of late 1890s style. The gigot, or leg of mutton sleeve, once popular in the 1830 and 1840s, made a brief return in the 1890s.
About This Item
- Title: Nellie Ryan Abbott's fancy weave dress, Presque Isle, ca. 1898
- Creation Date: circa 1898
- Subject Date: circa 1898
- Town: Presque Isle
- County: Aroostook
- State: ME
- Media: silk, cotton, wool, glass
- Local Code: 1994.283.001 a,b
- Collection: Costume collection
- Object Type: Physical Object
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Standardized Subject Headings
- Clothing & dress
- Wedding costume
- Women's clothing--19th century
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