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Antebellum Dresses

Research for artwork Day dresses like these would have been worn by Mrs. Donoho while managing her hotel and caring for her children. There are also many lovely ballgowns such as those that may have been worn by her and guests at her balls and formal events in the mid 19th century.

1850's Brocade dress made of rich brocade of deep red and black. Left sleeve is actually 9-10 pieces put together and there has been a piece added to the back to enlarge the dress. The collar is actually 2 cuffs sewn together to make a collar. Bust 34, Waist 26, skirt length 37 and 139 inches at bottom.

1850's Lovely Brocade Dress

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Cotton print summer gown, ca 1850. Gathered bodice, hook & eye closure, bishop sleeves, 140" skirt, self fabric ruched trim. Argonaut Museum. [more views available]

Summer Gown 1850 | Argonaut Museum

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1860's Silk Plaid Civil War Dress Bodice Brown/Gray/Black. Originally created in the 1850's and recreated in the 1860's. Ebay:svpmeow1

Dress 1858-1856 The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Evening gown ca. 1849-65. Cream silk woven with trailing floral & ribbon design in satin embroidered with floral sprigs in pink and green. Two bodices with low, wide V-necklines, lined with silk. Skirt has ribbon rosette inserts on each side and is lined with linen. Conner Prairie Historic Clothing

Dress, ca. 1859; MMA C.I.38.101.12a, b

fripperiesandfobs: Day dress ca. 1855 From the Philadelphia...

January 1852, Day Dress perfect for afternoon tea or a garden party; Ladies Companion Magazine.

Silk Gauze with disposition flounces c.1857

Day dress, 1850s, British, (Lancashire), one-piece blue-grey taffeta (changeable shot-silk) brocaded with a repeat of tiny dots and abstract devices, the bodice decorated with black cord, clear and black beads, long sleeve with narrow cap and two puffed bands, sleeve and full, pleated skirt hemmed in black velvet, hook closures with bound holes in silk, muslin lining. B-33, W-23, L-58. From Whitaker Auctions

Afternoon dress ca. 1860. Brown silk with pattern of broad horizontal stripes in diamond & floral pattern, edged with cream silk. Center front closure with 15 hooks & eyes; 8 decorative buttons. Sleeves pleated at top & set in w/think piping. Pleats are fluffed & gathered, & spread out at bottom of second tier into bell shape. Skirt is of same fabric & unlined. Kentucky Historical Society

Evening dress, 1858-68 From the Musee Galliera - Fripperies and Fobs

Miss Hodges of Salem, c. 1850, daguerreotype; photographer: Josiah Johnson Hawes (1808-1891)

Ballgown with Fichu c.1857 (back)

Ballgown with Fichu c.1857 (front)

Evening Ensemble c.1857

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

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!)

Day dress, 1850s, British, (Lancashire), one-piece blue-grey taffeta (changeable shot-silk) brocaded with a repeat of tiny dots and abstract devices, the bodice decorated with black cord, clear and black beads, long sleeve with narrow cap and two puffed bands, sleeve and full, pleated skirt hemmed in black velvet, hook closures with bound holes in silk, muslin lining. B-33, W-23, L-58. From Whitaker Auctions

Dagmar wearing crinoline dress color portrait | Grand Ladies | gogm

In the Swan's Shadow: Josefa Coello de Portugal, 1855