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Object Name BODICE
Catalog Number 0985.13.01062
Date ca. 1860
Description Adult bodice: The outer garment is black silk damask with horizontal stripes every half inch and three-eighths inch geometric floral motif running horizontally between the stripes every quarter inch. The lining for the bodice body is a plain weave polished cotton. The neckline is dipped and low on the shoulder, with a piped half-inch hem. The bodice is fitted "V" shaped with double darts extending upward from the waistline to the fullest part of the bust. The darts are boned, and the bust area is padded. The armscye is diagonal and piped. The shoulder seams are about half-inch to the back. The side seams are one to 1.5" to the back. The side back seams intersect the waist 1.5" apart and extend to the armscye midway between the shoulder and side seams. The sleeves are notched and bell-shaped. They are constructed in two parts: a one-inch wide piece attached to the armscye and the notched bell piece attached to this. They are pieced on the underside with braid and two tassels sewn along the lower edge and over seam joining the sleeve pieces. The tassels are missing from the right sleeve. The bodice is center back fastened with twelve hooks and eyes, brass colored. The hooks are double-wire, and the eyes are "C" shaped. The hooks are on the right side, set in one-inch from the edge. The eyes are on the left outer edge. Button twill thread is used for the hooks and eyes. The center back opening stays on the left edge and extends from the waist about half-way up. The waistband is horizontal and falls above the natural waist; it has a half-inch seam and a piped lower edge. The lining is cut-out, sewn to outer pieces then all sewn together.

Same construction/pattern as 0985.13.1059
Dimensions W-28.25 L-10.75 inches
Owned Elizabeth P. Gooch (Bettie) [Mrs.Henry Chandler]
Provenance Bodice belonging to Elizabeth "Bettie" P. Gooch Chandler (1839-1863) of Virginia.

"Aunt Bet's - Mrs. H. H. Chandler, nee Bettie P. Gooch - part of one of her wedding dresses . . . (1940)." (label with object)
People Chandler, Elizabeth Pollard Gooch (Bettie) [Mrs. Henry]
Gooch, Elizabeth Pollard (Bettie)
Subjects weddings
Clothing & dress