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Object Name BODICE
Catalog Number 0985.13.01064
Date ca. 1860
Description Adult bodice made of plain, rib-weave cotton/linen in a checkered pattern with white luster glass button trim. The checks are three-eighths-inch squares. Each square alternates between dark brown and medium brown with white stripes. The checks alternate directions, stripes going vertically then horizontally, giving the appearance of a basket weave. The waistband is underlined with a light-weight, plaid-weave cotton. The bodice is "O" shaped with fabric falling from the shoulders to gathers at waist, front and back. The plain, round neckline comes to the natural base of neck and has no collar. The front opening is closed with five buttons and two hooks and eyes on the waistband. The shoulder seams are about two inches below the natural shoulder top and slope downward from just in back of shoulder top to armscye. The seams are flat felled and decorated with seven buttons. The side seams are 1.5 inches to the back of natural side fold. The armscye is diagonal with piping. The bishop sleeves are loose at top and bottom, widest at the elbow, and cut so that sleeve hangs in a curve. (1). The sleeve extends to the wrist, which has a 2.25-inch placket, closed by a double-wire, brass colored hook and thread eye. The fullness in the lower half of the sleeve is gathered in by three pleats - one on each side and one on top, upward from wrist. The side pleats are 9.375 inches long; the top pleat is eleven inches long. The side pleats are decorated with seven buttons; the top pleats are decorated with eight buttons. The waistband is 1.25 inches wide, horizontal, and comes to the natural waist. It is decorated with five buttons on the back and seven buttons on the front. The buttons are all the same: seven-sixteenths inches in diameter, one-eighth inch deep, four holes in the center, and lustre white glass buttons. In general, the checks are matched well on the left side but not as well on the right side. the garment is entirely hand-sewn.
Dimensions L-13 inches
Owned Gooch family
Provenance Bodice that belonged to a female member of the Gooch family. Possibly Susie Lightfoot Gooch Anderson (Mrs. George K. Anderson) (b. 1860), her mother Mary Evelina Toler Gooch (b. 1834), or her aunts, Martha "Mattie" F. Gooch Vaughan (b. 1837) or Elizabeth "Bettie" Pollard Gooch (b. 1839)
People Gooch family
Search Terms homespun
Subjects women
Clothing & dress