Woman in Fan Front 1854

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This photo is dated March 1854 on a slip of paper held between the pages of the book on the table.

The lady wears a fan front dress with tightly fitting drop sleeves. She has a small gold and gem brooch holding the embroidered net lace collar closed at the throat. She wears a shiny-fabric apron, likely a silk taffeta - you can just see her dress skirt at the far left of the picture. The apron does not have a bib section. She wears no ring on her left hand.

The face, lace, brooch, date paper, and the tablecloth are all tinted. It's hard to tell what the dress color was. the aprov has traces of a purple or red tint barely visible. I think it likely that this dress was done in brown or brick red.