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Woman's skirt

White cotton with vertical stripes of openwork and tufts, two bands of large balls at bottom; plain top with stripes; closure at back. Worn by Mehetable Stoddard Sumner (Mrs. Benjamin) Welles of Boston, about 1815-20.

Inscription

Written in ink on fabric label sewn inside skirt: "Petticoat Mrs. B. Welles of Boston 1815-1820 marked by G. W. Sargent her granddaughter 1906"

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

Woman's petticoat

American, About 1815–20

Place of Manufacture

probably Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Place of Use

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Accession Number

49.884

Medium or Technique

Cotton, openwork and tufts

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes