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Civil War Wrappers

A wrapper was a front-closing, expandable gown that you used while doing housework, or to cover your undergarments while you were getting ready for the day. Pregnant ladies also favored them since they expanded at the back to "grow" with your figure. Wrappers weren't usually seen by the general public, which is a shame because ladies often used wild and exciting designs and colors on them!
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1861 Jan La Mode illustrée

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Wrapper, 1850’s From the Swiss National Museum

Fripperies and Fobs

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Morning wrapper Civil War era.

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1860's wrapper

Wrapper :: Historic Huguenot Street

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All The Pretty Dresses: American Civil War Era Wrapper Dress

All The Pretty Dresses: American Civil War Era Wrapper Dress

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1850s maternity dress - printed cotton

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Godey's Lady's Book 1862. Gored Morning robe of cashmere trimmed with silk. gauntlet cuff

Godey's lady's book 1862 Jan -June; Jul - Dec

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godey's Dressing gown of white cambric | Fashionable Frolick: Fashions from Godey's Lady's Book, May 1853

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In the Swan's Shadow: Le Follet, November 1861.

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