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At the Met: I'm racking my brain on this one. Is it a pelerine or is the bodice constructed with it as an exaggerated bertha? I've so got some one to make this for.

Image 1 of 2: 1854–56; British, silk. Length at CB (a): 21 in. (53.3 cm) Length at CB (b): 44 in. (111.8 cm)

Morning dress civil war era

Checked cotton dress, American, 1840-45.

Dress (Ball Gown) Date: late 1860s Culture: European Medium: silk, cotton. www.metmuseum.org...

American House Cap (circa 1860) made of silk. An earlier version of the cap worn by ladies when relaxing at home. This one is delicately embroidered and adorned with a ribbon

Dress 1860s, French, Made of cotton

~c1889 Embroidered Pale Blue Silk Reception Gown~

Dress Date: 1860s Culture: American Medium: silk Accession Number: 1979.346.97a–c Metropolitan Museum of Art

Adrianna Papell Lace Fit & Flare Dress

ca. 1860. This is so similar to the dress I just received from Kay Gnagey!

Dress Date: 1860s Culture: American or European Medium: silk Dimensions: [no dimensions available] Credit Line: Gift of Miss Irene Lewisohn, 1941 Accession Number: C.I.41.170.3a–c