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Object Name DRESS
Catalog Number 0985.02.00104
Date ca. 1880-1890
Description Adult dress of white linen with floral cutwork embroidery. The neck is round and collar-less, finished with bias tape, hand-sewn. The sleeves are straight, set-in, three-quarter length with no cuff, and has lace and eyelet embroidery on the sleeve bottoms. The sleeves are sewn and set-in by hand, top stitched where sleeve joins the bodice. The bodice is "V" shaped and tucks front and back from shoulder to waist; the front tucks gather to a centerfront plain panel. (1). The tucks are machine sewn. The front opens on the left side from top of the shoulder to twelve inches below the waist. The front is fastened with fifteen hooks and eyes. The horizontal, empire waistline has a two-inch wide waistband which widens to 2.5 inches at the center back. The band extends from the center front panel around back; the bodice overlaps the waistband and skirt. (2). The skirt is bell-shaped; the skirt front has a center panel extending from shoulder to hem. The skirt fastens on the left side. The skirt back has a center back seam and two single, straight pleats extending from waist to flounce. The flounce is fourteen inches long, with two tucks in the back. The seams are on the outside, rather than inside. The seams are also machine-stitched. Skirt length is even all around and hang about four inches from the floor. The hem is hand-stitched. The center front panel, back center area, and waistband are eyelet embroidered in a floral design. The stitches include satin, stem, and button hole. The double-wire, brass colored hooks were used during the Civil War period. "C" shaped eyes were used then as well. Hooks with a third wire in the center and butterfly shaped eyes indicate a modern time period. (3). Hooks for this dress are all double-wire, brass colored, except for one which is triple wire. The eyes at the shoulder are "C" shaped; the others are butterfly shape.
Material textile (linen)
Dimensions L-48 inches
Owned Mrs. H. G. Pells
Provenance The dress was made from the sheets slept on by Jefferson Davis when he stayed at the Clarke's Hotel in Quebec, Canada after he was released from prison. The landlady, Mrs. H. G. Pells, later a resident of Lewiston, Maine wore the dress.
People Davis, Jefferson
Pells, H. G., Mrs.
Search Terms Quebec, Canada
Subjects women
Clothing & dress