Brown wool challis with floral spray print, 1860s
Evening dress, c.1865. Culture: American Medium: silk, mother-of-pearl
Day dress, c.1855-1865, American, silk taffeta, machine lace.
Printed cotton dress and capelet, American, c.1853
C.1855-1865, American, 2-piece day dress of beige, green & maroon printed silk with a removable lace collar and undersleeves. Trimmed with garnet-type stone & gold metal buttons and soft green fringe.
Two piece evening dress, New York, 1856-1858
Midnight blue day dress, c.1850-1860
C.1865 light blue silk taffeta; two-piece bodice and skirt; worn over crinoline; chenille and fringe on bodice. This dress is a good example of the crinoline style when skirts reached their maximum volume with most of the volume of the skirt concentrated in the back. ©The Kyoto Costume Institute, from KCI.
Pretty 1860's hair...guessing a bun with a braid wrapped around it, and an amazing hair comb.
Mid 1800's hand embroidered and hand stitched whitework muslin undersleeves.
C.1840, British, cotton
Lilac-colored tamboured muslin day dress, Scottish (probably Glasgow), 1860s. The west of Scotland was renowned for tamboured muslins, which were produced by women and girls working from home. The cloth was stretched over a hoop (or tambour) and held in place by an outer hoop. The tambourer then held the hoop between her knee and her chin (or supported it on a pedestal) and, using a small hook, embroidered sprays of flowers onto the cloth using cotton thread.
Day dress of black wool printed with tiny purple flowers, c. 1865. The fan front bodice would probably have been worn with a white cotton chemisette, to fill in the neckline. The full skirt features directional pleating – the pleats change direction on either side of the central box pleat. This dress was worn by Evaline Sarah Walton and was made by her daughter, Mary Louisa Robertson. Charleston Museum.
Charleston, wool. Worn by Evaline Sarah Watkins Walton. Made by her daughter, Mary Louisa Walton Robertson; fan front bodice, full skirt with directional pleating. The V-neckline would be worn with a chemisette, probably white cotton. This style of dress was popular before and during the war, especially for older women & those in rural areas. Evaline married Robert Walton, grandson of George Walton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence from Georgia. Died in 1868 at 72 in Georgia.
Evening gown c.1866, brocaded silk taffeta
Dinner dress: c.1866-1870, American, silk taffeta, ruffle trim.