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Day Dress

Day Dress
1865 striped silk day dress in beige and cream silk. This is a very typical dress of the period, with its wide sleeves and crinoline skirt. Most likely a working class woman's best dress. What makes it unusual is that one of the sleeves retains its original hook and eye arrangement, which means that they can be worn either full and flaring, showing a lace lining, or with the cuff caught in, like a bishop sleeve. This is something I have not seen on any other dresses of the period.
It is lined with brown cotton and appears to be missing quite a bit of original trimming. The black velvet is probably a later addition, as it is just tacked on.
(Milford- Cottam collection)