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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.
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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Standardized Subject Headings
- Clothing & dress
- Mourning clothing & dress
- Mourning customs
- Mourning dress
- Women's clothing--19th century
For more information about this item, contact:Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230
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