Altered mourning dress, Standish, ca. 1865

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Altered mourning dress, Standish, ca. 1865
Altered mourning dress, Standish, ca. 1865
Altered mourning dress, Standish, ca. 1865
Altered mourning dress, Standish, ca. 1865
Altered mourning dress, Standish, ca. 1865
Altered mourning dress, Standish, ca. 1865
Altered mourning dress, Standish, ca. 1865
Altered mourning dress, Standish, ca. 1865
Altered mourning dress, Standish, ca. 1865
Altered mourning dress, Standish, ca. 1865
  • Altered mourning dress, Standish, ca. 1865
  • Altered mourning dress, Standish, ca. 1865
  • Altered mourning dress, Standish, ca. 1865
  • Altered mourning dress, Standish, ca. 1865
  • Altered mourning dress, Standish, ca. 1865
  • Altered mourning dress, Standish, ca. 1865
  • Altered mourning dress, Standish, ca. 1865
  • Altered mourning dress, Standish, ca. 1865
  • Altered mourning dress, Standish, ca. 1865

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Description

A black (since faded to dark brown) silk taffeta one piece dress, which includes the addition of newer fabric, machine-stitched to the bodice, forming a false yoke effect. The bodice shows signs of alterations, with the side seams let out. The hand-sewn skirt includes a cartridge pleat back and is lined with coarse rust colored glazed cotton. A band of newer fabric was also machined stitched to the lower shirt.

Likely a mourning dress from the post Civil War period, the garment shows signs of both functional and stylistic alterations. It is difficult to know if the garment was initially a mourning dress, or updated to serve such a purpose.

The dress is associated with Bradbury family of Standish.

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About This Item

  • Title: Altered mourning dress, Standish, ca. 1865
  • Creation Date: circa 1865
  • Subject Date: circa 1865
  • Town: Standish
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: silk, cotton, linen
  • Dimensions: 138.430 cm x 127.000 cm
  • Local Code: 1996.352.3
  • Collection: Costume collection
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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