Petticoat Date: 1895–1900 Culture: American Medium: silk, linen Dimensions: Length at CB: 34 in. (86.4 cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Anonymous gift, 1937 Accession Number: 2009.300.3014
A quilted petticoat from the 1840s-1850s. Lacking central heating and with fireplaces that conducted heat inefficiently, the British homes of this period were very cold. Petticoats like this one weren't mainly decorative, but practical, helping to keep their wearer at least somewhat warm.