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Object Name Dress
Alternate Name Day Dress
Date ca. 1865-1868
Description Woman's 1-piece day dress (summer dress). Made of white ribbed cotton printed with vertical stripes that are composed of colored flower wreaths with black centers. The unlined bodice is boned in the front and has a jewel neckline with a small standing collar. Front button closure; current buttons appear to be replacements. Narrow coat sleeves have piping at armscye. Waist has hook and eye closure. Flat front skirt is pleated to waistband and gathered in center back. Skirt has a train and one pocket on wearer's right. Green wool tape trim at cuffs and hem. This dress is typical of summer resort wear.
(Keywords: Fashion, Victorian, Hoop Skirt, New York)
Acquisition Gift of Mrs. Charles E. Simonson
Ownership and History This dress was acquired from Mrs. Charles E. Simonson of Dongan Hills, Staten Island in 1950. The original wearer of the dress is not known. Mrs. Simonson was born May Sexton, daughter of William L. and Mary Ladd Sexton of Brooklyn. Her husband, Charles Edgar, was the son of John W. and Charlotte (Stephens) Simonson. Charlotte Stephens was a daughter of Stephen D. Stephens of Richmond (Richmondtown), Staten Island.
Earliest Date 1860
Latest Date 1870
Subjects Clothing & dress
Lexicon Sub-category Clothing -- Outerwear
Catalog Number C01.1713
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by The Coby Foundation, 2009.
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