Rare 1820s Raspberry Silk Ball Gown
Evening dresses of the 1820s were decorated with all types of fancy borders including rouleaux, the bands of bias cut fabric stuffed with wool or cotton that would provide additional body and shape at the hemline.
1830's Corded Corset Stays
Hand made by Miss Emily Porter in the 1830's prior to her marriage to James H. Ferre, this cotton sateen transitional corset or stays has survived with its provenance in the form of a hand written note, still attached to one of the bone grommets in the back.
1835 Roller Printed Child's Dress
The huge gigot sleeves on this vibrant polychrome roller printed cotton child's dress date it squarely in the romantic era, mid 1830's when sleeves were at their fullest. The bodice features dropped shoulders and a widened decollete that was also in fashion during the romantic period.
1830s Embroidered Muslin Wrapper
Lady's muslin wrapper of tambour embroidered muslin exhibits many features of the Romantic Era circa 1820s - 1830s. Particularly indicative of the popular style of the late 1820s through mid 1830s are the enormous gigot sleeves and wide collar and neckline.
1830s Romantic Era Ball Gown
his beautiful ball or dinner gown, circa mid 1830s, exhibits the popular fashion of the period with its wide neckline, small waist, bell shaped skirt and full "beret" sleeves, a variation of the gigot sleeve. It is made of rose silk bengaline with a lined bodice and back closure with hooks and eyes.
1815 Muslin Chemise Dress
The period between 1815 and 1820 was a transitional period in women's fashion as the styles moved away from the Classical and more toward the Romantic. During this period waistlines returned to their natural level and skirts became fuller.
Lace Edged Net Skirt Circa 1810
Made of one length of fine cotton net with handmade lace edging this skirt is seamed down the center back and gauged to a cotton tape waistband. Closing in back with a single brass hook and eye. Tulle was popular in the first quarter of the 19th century and was often worn over a more colorful skirt, dress or petticoat.
1797 French Metallic Brocade Bodice
This magnificent piece is a rare find as few have survived. Made of blue silk and silver metallic brocade that is lined with a selection of printed cotton fabrics. The top edge is bound with gold metallic and silk twill tape and the bottom edge with pink homespun.
Cord Embroidered Sewing Work Bag
Dating to the first quarter of the 19th Century, this work bag is worked in corded embroidery similar to trapunto. Made of fine cotton and linen. An amazing tribute to the fine needle skills of the maker!