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another great resource on the Paisley Shawl w/ references

Paisley Shawl | Shawls of Paisley Design

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

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

Dress | French | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Black evening dress. Flounces are sheer. Click thru to MET for more pix

Evening dress | probably British | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

ebay seller of great mid-century ephemera. Tons of listings and images.

eclectible on eBay

CWE CDV Woman Purse Scarf Snood Internal Revenue Tax Stamp DTD 11 25 64 MA | eBay

The progression of photographic formats in the 1800s. Nearly all consumer photographs in the 19th century were produced by one of these technologies.

19th Century Photographs | Photo Research and Restoration

Interesting trim, double point bodice, large open sleeves with very full undersleeves. Note the size of her purse.

Joseph Arnold Handkerchief - South Union Mills

Ambrotype – late 1850s of a well dressed and fashionable young woman with an Iroquois floral bag that is decorated with elongated leaf clust... (not a teeny-tiny purse)

a hood for winter voyage

Emily Mary Osborn, 1834-1925, British Title The Governess Date 1860