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Historical Items

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Item 105395

Young woman's muslin dress, ca. 1830

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1830 Media: Cotton, metal

Item 105390

Gigot (leg-of-mutton) sleeve dress, Eastport, ca. 1837

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1837 Location: Eastport Media: cotton, metal

Item 110366

Embroidered boat neck dress, ca. 1835

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1835 Media: cotton

Online Exhibits

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The Mainspring of Fashion

The mainspring of fashion is the process whereby members of one class imitate the styles of another, who in turn are driven to ever new expedients of fashionable change.


Northern Threads: Mourning Fashions

A themed exhibit vignette within "Northern Threads Part I," featuring 18th and 19th century mourning jewelry and fashions.


Northern Threads: Two centuries of dress at Maine Historical

Organized by themed vignettes, Northern Threads shares stories about Maine people, while exploring how the clothing they wore reveals social, economic, and environmental histories. This re-examination of Maine Historical Society's permanent collection is an opportunity to consider the relevance of historic clothing in museums, the ebb and flow of fashion styles, and the complexities of diverse representation spanning 200 years of collecting.

Site Pages

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Historic Clothing Collection - White cotton dress with gigot sleeves, Portland, ca. 1828 - Page 1 of 2

Into the 1830s, the style's sleeves gradually increased in size. The dress was hand sewn, with its scalloped edges attached as a separate piece.

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1830-1850 - Page 1 of 3

The same three gowns also illustrate 1830s bodice pleat and gather detailing, and the fuller skirts, that in combination with the return of the…

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Hampden, Upper and Lower corners, 1835

The area is as it existed in the 1830s. Martin described himself as an "expert accountant." He wrote the journal, three scrapbooks, and an account…