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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.

Top Hat 1

Stovepipe style black 1850s top hat, probably in beaver felt. Note the flat brim and relatively straight sides. The flare at the top is caused by the overlap of the covering and mull of the tip against the covering of the band.

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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