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Woman's skirt

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Woman's skirt (possible fragment of a dress), pink silk with small overall geometric pattern, unfinished edge at waist, two wide satin bands across bottom with curves and peaks, single padded welt in satin along hem

Inscription

Written in ink on fabric label sewn inside at waist: "Empire skirt worn probably with spencer, white or colored, by Mehetable Stoddard Sumner b. 1784 daughter of Increase Sumner Governor of Massachusetts. She [married] Benjamin Welles of Boston August 1st 1815 died 1826 Period 1815-20"

Provenance

Worn by 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

American, about 1815–20

Place of Manufacture

probably Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Place of Use

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 118.1 cm (46 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

49.883

Medium or Technique

Silk patterned with warp and weft floats, silk satin

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes