Date: 1810-1830

Location: New England, Worcester County, Warren, Massachusetts

Artist: Unknown

Materials: Cotton mull

Measurements: L (overall): 57"; W (overall): 37 3/4; W (waist): 11 3/4"

Woman’s one-piece hand-sewn cream gown in the Empire style. Made of silk woven in a brocade pattern with overall curvy lines, some lines filled in with a series of parallel curves. Open neckline with corded piping along edge. Bodice has a back closure with ten brass hooks and eyes (only seven eyes and eight hooks remain). Bodice is lined with cream glazed cotton. Short puff sleeves are one piece, gathered into corded piping at the shoulder. Skirt is smooth at front and gathered to waistband in back. The five panels of the skirt are cut on the straight of the grain. The skirt opening in the back is made with the selvage edges of the fabric, which have been turned in and hemmed. The blue selvages of the fabric are visible inside the skirt. The dress descended in the families of Isaac and John Moore of Warren, MA.

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