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Costume--1850s to 1860s

In the Swan's Shadow: Purple plaid silk dress, 1850s

In the Swan's Shadow: Purple plaid silk dress, 1850s

In the Swan's Shadow: Purple plaid silk dress, 1850s

In the Swan's Shadow: Purple plaid silk dress, 1850s

Beaded Carriage Parasol With Carved Ivory Bird's Head Handle c.1830-1850

Day Dress (bodice and skirt) 1863-65. "During this period the wide skirt was fashionable. The fullness of the skirt had receded towards the back of the garment creating a flatter front. Women had crinoline petticoats made of steel hopes under their dresses to give the required shape. Lightweight fabrics (silk and muslin) were popular. This gown is silk with hand embroidery in black silk with black taffeta and a lace collar." Victoria and Albert museum.

English Court Dress, Victoria & Albert Museum

Woman c. 1855-65 (The hiking up of the over-skirt underneath the apron was to protect it while working - when company unexpectedly knocked at the door, down it went, like she was all put together!)

The Tin Cup: 1864 John George Brown

Black Slaves | Women of the American Civil War Era

Queen Marie Henriette of Belgium, neé Archduchess of Austria. c.1860's

American Civil War Era Dress c. 1860’s. The dress appears to be entirely hand sewn and is constructed from a tan/light gold iridescent silk; fully lined (both bodice and skirt) with off-white polished cotton. Measurements are taken in inches with the garment lying flat. Armpit to Armpit 16, Across Waist 13, Across Dropped Shoulder 17, Length 54 and Hem Circumference 122.

Civil War Era Zouave Jacket C 1860 | eBay seller sadira33610; silk taffetamodified pagoda sleeves, covered buttons, flat braid and looped braid trim.

2012-08-25 KSMF - Brown plaid silk taffeta dress with warp printed pattern, circa 1850-1860.

A sapphire blue moiré dress with black velvet trim, ca. 1860. Kerry Taylor Auctions/Invaluable

1860 Hungarian Court Dress: silk, brocade, and metallic thread embroidery, via Museum of Applied Arts.

Jenny by Henry Peach Robinson 1857

“New Omnibus Regulation.” Punch, 1858,

Court dress worn by the young Maria Feodorovna, 1860s. Dress from the Historical State Museum (Moscow)

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

In the Swan's Shadow: The Bride Dressing for the Wedding. Ballou's Pictorial. July 19, 1856.

1860-1865 Silk day dress with ever present little white detachable collar, lace trimmed undersleeves & nice pattern of lace trim on dress sleeves. Note the popular pleated ribbon hair decoration; CDV