Mary King Scrimgeour's embellished velvet and satin gown, Lewiston, ca. 1895


A highly embellished dinner or opera gown owned by Lewiston inventor Mary King Scrimgeour (1849-1930) demonstrated her affinity for style.

The red velvet is juxtaposed against cream satin, featuring a tulip and leaf pattern. Exaggerated leg of mutton sleeves, indicative of 1890s trends, are accented with lace trimmings and satin bows attached throughout the dress. Additional embellishments include a swept front panel affixed to the side with a decorative metal pin.

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