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Historical Items

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Item 105492

Helen Bancroft Hay's cameo-button striped dress, Charlestown, MA., ca. 1860

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1860 Location: Portland Media: silk, cotton, metal, glass, baleen, wool

Item 105501

Organdy summer dress, ca. 1863

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1863 Media: cotton

Item 48472

Hermann Kotzschmar walking stick, Portland, 1860

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1860 Location: Portland Media: Wood, metal, gold

Online Exhibits

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Northern Threads: Civil War-era clothing

An exhibit vignette within "Northern Threads, Part 1," featuring American Civil War civilian and military clothing, 1860 to 1869.


A City Awakes: Arts and Artisans of Early 19th Century Portland

Portland's growth from 1786 to 1860 spawned a unique social and cultural environment and fostered artistic opportunity and creative expression in a broad range of the arts, which flowered with the increasing wealth and opportunity in the city.


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 - Outerwear 1830-1860

Outerwear 1830-1860 Wide crinolines restricted outerwear to wraps, shawls, capes, and easy fitting garments such as a black and brown watered silk…

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Soldier, Bangor, ca. 1860

Soldier, Bangor, ca. 1860 Contributed by Maine Historical Society and Maine State Museum Description John Martin (1823-1904), a Bangor…

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Historic Clothing Collection - Early Nineteenth Century

… Century fashions in this overview are organized by decades: 1800-1830, and 1830 to 1850. The outwear styles within this section extend to 1860.