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Woman's hair ornament

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Bridal wreath or woman's hair or head ornament and two corsages of white artificial flowers including roses, orange blossoms, and lily-of-the valley; smaller corsage has cream silk satin backing

Inscription

Written on photocopied label now located in object folder (location of original label unknown): "Bridal Wreath worn Jan 17th 1854 by Georgiana Welles when married to John Osborn Sargent at Old Trinity Church Boston by Bishop Eastburn a scarf point appliqué veil used with wreath "

Provenance

Worn by Georgiana Welles (1818-1879) of Boston at her marriage to John Osborn Sargent on January 17, 1854 in Old Trinity Church; Inherited by her daughter Miss Georgiana Welles Sargent (born 1858) of New York City; Gift of Emily Welles Robbins (Mrs. Harry Pelham Robbins) and the Hon. Sumner Welles, in memory of Georgiana Welles Sargent, to MFA 1949

Credit Line

Gift of Emily Welles Robbins (Mrs. Harry Pelham Robbins) and the Hon. Sumner Welles, in memory of Georgiana Welles Sargent

Woman's head ornament and corsage

Bridal wreath

possibly French, used in America, 1854

Dimensions

Overall (headband): 26 x 22.9 x 5.1 cm (10 1/4 x 9 x 2 in.) Overall (corsage): 24.1 x 15.9 x 3.8 cm (9 1/2 x 6 1/4 x 1 1/2 in.) Overall (small corsage): 12.1 x 7.6 x 1.9 cm (4 3/4 x 3 x 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

49.1034

Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave, glazed or varnished; cut and painted silk, wire, wax, paper, and papier-mâché (silk satin backing on smaller corsage)

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