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Object Name Coat
Alternate Name Duster
Date 1905-1910
Description Woman's automobile duster (long coat) of natural linen. Asymmetrical front opening originally had with four large mother-of-pearl buttons (one is now missing); round neckline with a turned-over standing collar. Coat has two pockets set in curved seams at sides. Back has two long panels, each decorated with a button, with two pleats below. Long sleeves have turned-back cuffs. This type of overcoat was worn while riding in an open automobile, to keep road dust off the wearer's clothing.
(Keywords: Fashion, Car Coat, Driving Coat, Early Twentieth Century, New York)
Acquisition Gift of the Estate of Emma Butts
Ownership and History This coat was acquired from the estate of Emma Butts (1874-1966). Miss Butts lived her entire life at 219 Union Avenue in Mariners Harbor, Staten Island. Her parents were Mary Catherine (Haughwout) and Alonzo Butts, and her brother was Ernest Wilson Butts.
Earliest Date 1905
Latest Date 1910
Subjects Automobile travel
Clothing & dress
Lexicon Sub-category Clothing -- Outerwear
Associated People Butts, Emma Regina
Catalog Number C01.4538
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by The Coby Foundation, 2009.
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