Cotton

Woman in Fan Front 1854

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.

Girl in summer dress


This cased image shows a girl wearing a loose summer dress. the sleeve cap shows elaborate fabric decoration. The bodice is gathered at both neckline and waist. Her hair is parted in center and swopt back without curls.

Boy in fan-front dress


This boy's portrait is a fine example of an 1850's fan front dress for a child. The boat neck is edged in a lace or ribbon trim, as is the sleeve. The pattern shows that the sleeve is cut on bias. There are three rows of trim at the end of the sleeve. The boy wears his hair in ring curls of moderate length, but it is still parted on the side, showing that this is a boy child.

Summer Gown 1850

Cotton print fan-front two-piece day dress from 1850s or perhaps 1860s.

Frock Coat 1

Late 1850s to early 1860s black wool frock coat, thought to be a fine wool Melton with some fur content.

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