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Woman's dress in two parts (dress and petticoat)

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Plum-colored silk dress, round neck with drawstring, high waist with drawstring, white linen bodice lining open at front (pinned together when worn), long fitted sleeves with linen lining and open wrists, open skirt with shaped edges and pleats and train at back. Plum-colored silk petticoat...

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Worn by Abigail Robbins (1759-1850); Inherited by her great-granddaughter Ellen A. Stone; Gift to MFA, 1899

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Ellen A. Stone

American, late 18th to early 19th century

Place of Manufacture

Massachusetts, United States

Object Place

Lexington, Massachusetts, United States


Overall (bodice): 182.9 x 129.5 cm (72 x 51 in.) Other (skirt): 112 cm (44 1/8 in.) Other (center back): 177.8 cm (70 in.) Other (petticoat): 67.3 cm (26 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Plain weave silk, plain weave linen lining, silk tape


Textiles and Fashion Arts