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Mid-19th Century

A treatise on the art of boiling sugar, crystallizing, lozenge-making ... - Henry Weatherley, Katherine Golden Bitting Collection on Gastronomy (Library of Congress) - Google Books

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Maine nurse at Benton's Barracks. Discusses plight of freedwomen working as nurses.

Memoir of Emily Elizabeth Parsons

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CIVIL WAR CDV YOUNG LADY BY A P BAILEY OF SACRAMENTO CALIFORNIA

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Ballgown with Fichu c.1857 (front) (original source unknown)

front closing

front closing detail

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back of front-closing gown

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Front-closing Ballgown ca. 1865. "The straw embroidery on this dress makes it particularly spectacular worn over a crinoline," says Europeana blog about photo (by Christa Losta), from the Vienna Museum. (couldn't find the original photo at the Wein Museum)

In the Swan's Shadow: Woman's ballgown bodice, 1860s Front closing

In the Swan's Shadow: Woman's ballgown bodice, 1860s

theebonswan.blogspot.com

African Muslims in Antebellum America: Transatlantic Stories and Spiritual Struggles: Allan D. Austin: 9780415912709: Amazon.com: Books

Biography of Yarrow Mamout and his descendants. Fascinating.

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19th-century American Women: Photos of 1800s African American Women

"A Secret to Be Buried"

"A Secret to Be Buried"

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Front-closing evening dress from ca. 1860s. From Alexandre Vassiliev's collection. Photos from Brother at Your Side and Vassiliev's Facebook.

another great resource on the Paisley Shawl w/ references

Paisley Shawl | Shawls of Paisley Design

victoriana.com

detail of front closing ballgown bodice. Dress came w/ a square necked day bodice w/ open sleeves as well. Thread buttons

Dress | French | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

metmuseum.org

front closing gown c 1865. French. Click thru for detail pix. MET

Dress | French | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

metmuseum.org