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White, high waisted tulle dress with short, puffed sleeves, low, square neckline, and drawstring closure which ties at back; trimmed with four bands of blue-white satin, tulle, and cream silk cord (single band of same trim at neckline and cuffs). Wide decorative border at hem; two rows of...

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Inscription

Written in ink of fabric label (now in folder): "Ball or posibly wedding gown, 1815-1820/ worn by Mrs. B Welles of Boson./ Lined with tulle 1898 by her granddaughter/ Georgiana Wells Sarent. Markd 1906."

Provenance

Ball or possibly wedding gown of Mehetable Stoddard Sumner (Mrs. Benjamin Welles) (1784-1826) of Boston; Inherited by her granddaughter 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

Wedding dress

possibly French, worn in America, 1815–20

Place of Manufacture

possibly France

Place of Use

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Center Front: 121.9 cm (48 in.)

Accession Number

49.880

Medium or Technique

Silk net (tulle), silk satin trim, silk cord, wool embroidery

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes