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Fichu

Sheer white fichu with pointed scalloped edges embroidered with buttonhole stitching; embroidered wavy inner border with pointed stylized leaf motifs and dots with buttonhole edging; triangular insert at center back

Inscription

Written on label sewn to object: "This fichu probably belonged to Mrs. Increase Sumner [Elizabeth Hyslop Sumner, 1757-1810] about 1795"

Provenance

According to family history, this was worn at the end of the 18th century by Elizabeth Hyslop Sumner (1757-1810), wife of Massachusetts Governor Increase Sumner (1746-1799); Inherited by Elizabeth Sumner's great-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

possibly European, used in America, first quarter of the 19th century

Place of Manufacture

possibly Europe

Place of Use

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Accession Number

49.914

Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave with silk embroidery

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes